VIRGINIA BEACH- Emory & Henry College's Wasps have a history of
being a thorn in the side of the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins. But, when Emory & Henry started to stick it to the Marlins on Saturday
at the Jane P. Batten Student Center, Virginia Wesleyan swatted the
Wasps away. After a jumper by Armando Murrell extended an E&H rally to pull the Wasps with
a 38-34 score, Virginia Wesleyan answered with a decisive 11-0 run
that kept the host Marlins rolling the rest of the way.
Virginia Wesleyan head coach Dave Macedo turned to his bench often in
the second half and played 16 Marlins who contributed to an 86-63 Old
Dominion Athletic Conference victory in the VWC Athletic Hall of Fame
Game. Five new inductees, including basketball standout Brandon Adair
and the 2005-06 national championship team, were introduced to the
crowd at halftime.
The victory improved VWC's overall record to 14-6 and its ODAC mark to
10-2, keeping the Marlins just one game behind league-leader
Hampden-Sydney College. It was also VWC's sixth consecutive over Emory
& Henry and improved Virginia Wesleyan's overall record against the
Wasps to 29-20 in a series that began in 1976.
Four players scored in the run that created separation between the
Marlins and Wasps. But impressive defensive play sparked it all as
senior Tre' Ford came up with four steals
in a span of only 60 seconds to leave the Wasps reeling. All four
steals produced Virginia Wesleyan points, including a triple from
senior Chris Astorga off an assist from junior DJ Woodmore.
Emory & Henry (4-15, 2-10) managed to cut the spread to 11 at 49-38,
but Virginia Wesleyan followed with a 13-6 scoring surge to open up a
62-44 lead lead with 9:41 remaining in the contest. Astorga led the
Marlins with seven points.
Emory & Henry moved back within 14 points several times in the ensuing
minutes, but could not build on it. After Tryler Driver hit a jumper to pull the Wasps within a
69-55 score, Virginia Wesleyan used an 11-4 run to push out to an
Some of the loudest crowd reaction in the game happened in the waning
minutes as sophomore Nigel Jenkins
scored his first intercollegiate basket and rookie Tre' Jones
tallied a season-high six points in the
final 1:36 of the game.
Astorga led all scoring with 24 points, hitting 9-of-19 field goal
attempts. Woodmore finished with 11 points and Ford finished with 10
points and a season-high six steals, the latter tying the fourth
highest single-game total in VWC history. His six thefts improved his
career total to 160, moving him into the No. 2 spot among the Marlins'
Virginia Wesleyan helped itself by outrebounding Emory & Henry 46-34,
led by Woodmore with seven. He also finished with a team-leading four
Charles Smith led Emory &
Henry with 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 field goal attempts. Murrell
followed with 11 points. Driver scored seven points, but led the
Wasps with eight rebounds.