Men’s Basketball ends at quarterfinals

Featured Image: Sophomore Omari DeVaux cheers after a play against Guilford College. Ryan Hunt | Courtesy

Virginia Wesleyan’s Men’s Basketball team lost in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals to Hampden Sydney College 78-69 on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. 

The game started out very strong for the Marlins with sophomore guard Omari DeVeaux scoring the first 5 points for the team. Hampden Sydney came back and went on a 8-0 run in the middle of the first half, later in the first half the Marlins evened the score to 28 with the help of a 13-5 run. Hampden Sydney pulled back ahead by 5, but the Marlins brought the score back to within two at halftime. 

The score stayed close for a majority of the second half, but Hampden Sydney went on a 9-0 run with 2:29 left in the game. The Marlins pulled it back to within four. At the end, Hampden Sydney got their free throws and their last minute shots to seal the game by nine. 

DeVeaux led the team with 22 points and junior Eric Rowland led the team in rebounds with nine. DeVeaux’s performances all season long landed him on the ODAC All-Conference team. 

This loss marked the end of the season for the Marlins. They ended their season 17-9 with a 8-8 record in conference play.  

By Colette Kearney