VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Wesleyan blew open a four-point game early in the second half with a 30-13 run en route to the 14th-ranked Marlins posting an 85-54 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Batten Center.
The Generals (5-12, 2-6) trailed just 34-28 at the half and pulled to within four points (36-32) on a jumper by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Ludlowe) at the 18:13 mark. Virginia Wesleyan (13-4, 6-2) sophomore guard Sedric Nady canned a three-pointer the next time down the floor and senior guard D.J. Woodmore added 13 points of his own over the next 8:57 as the Marlins extended to a 66-45 lead with 8:55 remaining in cruising to the win.
W&L led by as many as five points in the first half, but VWC closed the opening stanza with a 9-3 surge for the six-point halftime advantage.
Kimberly led the Generals with 18 points and nine rebounds, shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) notched 14 points and five boards while no other W&L player scored more than six points. As a team, the Generals shot just 38.5 percent (20-52) from the floor and 1-of-12 (.083) from the three-point arc.
Virginia Wesleyan, which shot 48.4 percent (30-62) from the floor and canned 12 triples in 25 attempts (.480), was paced by Woodmore's 17 points. Senior forward Colby Heard totaled 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and first-year guard Khory Moore notched 12 points. Senior forward Trent Batson and junior forward Cameron Owens chipped in 10 points apiece.
Washington and Lee will attempt to break a four-game losing skid when it visits Roanoke College on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest.