VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Wesley College's men's basketball team's second half rally came just short as it fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 79-74 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at the Marlins' Jane P. Batten Center. The Wolverines' record-breaking season comes to an end at 23-4 overall while VWC moves to 24-6.
Wayne Lennon led five Wolverines in double figures with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting along with 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. David Langan also notched a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds.
Early in the second period, Wesley trailed by as many as 41-29 with 19:30 remaining, the second-largest deficit faced by the Wolverines all season. Both teams traded buckets for the next several minutes but with the Navy & White trailing, 52-42 with 12 minutes left, Lennon and Langan led Wesley to 11-straight points, giving the Wolverines a 53-52 advantage with 9:51 left in regulation.
Once again the teams would trade buckets until a triple by Youngblood gave Wesley a two point lead with 9:25 remaining. Virginia Wesleyan then went on a 12-2 run to retake a 66-58 lead with just over even minutes left.
The Marlins would extend their late second half advantage to as many as ten points with 3:46 left but a resilient Wolverines team would just not go away. With just over 100 seconds left, Wesley got the deficit to just a single possession but a pair of free throws by the Marlins' Aaron Clark (10 points) sealed the win.
Wesley was down at the half, 39-29, as Virginia Wesleyan got 19 points from DJ Woodmore, who finished with a game-high 28 points. The well-balanced Marlins also turned in a great effort on the offensive glass, turning seven offensive boards into nine second-chance points. Also coming up big on the defensive end was Trent Babson, a Cape Henlopen product, who fouled out with seven points and seven blocked shots.
Virginia Wesleyan outshot Wesley, 44.1% to 39.7% and held a 43-35 advantage on the boards.