Area briefs: SU men top Marymount
ARLINGTON — Shenandoah University snapped a two-game men’s basketball losing streak Wednesday evening with a 68-55 non-conference victory at Marymount University.
Shenandoah (3-4) held a double-digit lead midway through the second half before Marymount (1-3) roared back into the contest.
The Saints went on a 16-4 run from the 14:09 to 7:03 marks of the second to tie the game at 48-48 only to see the Hornets answer.
SU, which hit nine 3-pointers on the night, drained three of them in a span of 2:39 to reassert control and pull away from its hosts.
Junior Avery Green got matters started by breaking the tie with his 3-ball at 6:17 before freshman Sharif Almulla sandwiched a pair around a Marymount layup.
After junior Bryce Mitchell hit a running layup at 1:48, the Hornets had a 59-50 lead and were never threatened again.
Shenandoah outscored Marymount 9-3 in the final minute of the game to provide the final margin of victory.
The two teams combined for 49 turnovers in the game but SU scored 26 points off of the Saints 28 turnovers and allowed just 12 points off of its 21 miscues.
The Hornets also had a 35-28 advantage on the glass.
Almulla led the victors with a game-high 17 points, Green added 15 and Shaquille Rodney nine.
Aaron Walsh had 13 points for MU.
Shenandoah is now off until hosting Hampden-Sydney on Dec. 5 in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.
Marlins 82, Hornets 64
WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University opened up its 2012-13 ODAC slate with a loss to Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday evening.
The contest was the first-ever ODAC game for SU (1-5, 0-1 ODAC).
Virginia Wesleyan (3-3, 1-0) seized total control of the contest with a strong finish to the first half.
Leading by just one point, 28-27, following a pair of Imani Heggins free throws with 1:12 remaining, the Marlins scored the final seven points of the half to take a 35-27 lead into the halftime locker room.
VWC extended this run in the initial 5:51 of the second, outscoring SU 11-5 in that span to take its first double-digit lead.
This advantage was extended to 20 points by the 8:00 mark and to 25 points with 6:12 left.
Virginia Wesleyan took 26 more shots than Shenandoah and owned a 52-33 advantage on the glass. This led to a 44-22 bulge in points in the paint and a 16-9 advantage in second chance points for the Marlins.
Heggins and Holly Chittenden paced the Hornets with 15 points each while Corin Scott added 14.
Chittenden, thanks to 11 rebounds, recorded her second double-double in the past four outings. Heggins pulled down a game-high 12 boards.
It is the first career double-double for Heggins.
Sarah Seipp, the current ODAC Player of the Week, had a game-high 18 points for the Marlins. She also led the victors with 10 rebounds.
Shenandoah continues ODAC action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. home contest against Emory and Henry.