Cold Shooting Fells Men's Basketball in 67-58 ODAC Defeat to Va. Wesleyan

Cold Shooting Fells Men's Basketball in 67-58 ODAC Defeat to Va. Wesleyan

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Lamont Steward scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds as Virginia Wesleyan University rallied for a 67-58 basketball win at Guilford College Saturday afternoon.

The Marlins improved to 15-8 and 9-5 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action. The Quakers fell to 13-10 and 9-5 in the ODAC.

Virginia Wesleyan trailed, 39-30, at halftime. A combination of solid Marlins' shooting and cold shooting by the Quakers in the second half was the difference. After making 16-of-26 (62%) first-half shots, the Marlins held the Quakers to 5-of-30 (15%) shooting. Virginia Wesleyan was 21-57 from the field (47%) for the game.

Virginia Wesleyan outscored Guilford, 16-4, over the first 10 minutes of the second half. After a three-pointer by Keijohn Honore with 10:46 remaining, the Marlins gained a 46-43 edge and never trailed again.

Guilford's Marcus Curry tied Steward for high-scoring honors with 19 points, 15 of which were in the first half. He was 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Kyler Gregory came off the bench to contribute 10 points and seven rebounds for the Quakers. 

Steward was 6-for-13 shooting, made 5-of-6 free throws, and had two blocked shots. Virginia Wesleyan had six blocks in the contest. The Marlins forced 19 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points. Honore and Percy Burt both recorded nine points for the visitors. 

Guilford led in rebounding, 45-33, and paint points, 36-22, but trailed in bench points, 33-14.

Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers play at league-rival Lynchburg College Wednesday (2/14) at 7 p.m.