Game 29: No. 18 Franklin & Marshall at No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
at Virginia Wesleyan, Virginia Beach, Va.
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Last F&M win: First Meeting
Last VW win: First Meeting
Head-to-Head: Saturday's matchup is the first time F&M and Virginia Wesleyan are meeting.
Last Time Out: Hayk Gyokchyan scored eight of his career-high 18 point in the decisive run as No. 18 Franklin & Marshall defeated North Carolina Wesleyan 69-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night. The Diplomats will face host Virginia Wesleyan tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm. The No. 10 Marlins defeated Delaware Valley 93-63 in the second game of the evening.
With the score tied at 48 and 6:02 remaining in the game, F&M (23-5) put together an 11-3 run that spanned four minutes to take a 60-51 lead with 2:22 remaining in the game. The Battling Bishops (21-7) came within seven points twice down the stretch, but Georgio Milligan drained all six of his foul shots in the final two minutes to help secure the victory.
Milligan finished with a game-high 22 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He added four assists and three steals. Gyokchyan's points came from 6-for-7 shooting on the floor and 6-for-9 shooting from the stripe. Mike Baker picked up his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards. James McNally added nine points.
Domarius Thomas paced the Battling Bishops with 21 points and Matt Dougherty added 11.
The game started out slow as both teams struggled to hit their shots. F&M held a slight lead, 14-11, at 11:04 before N.C. Wesleyan answered with a 7-2 run to take an 18-14 lead at 7:25. The Diplomats responded with five straight points to regain the lead at 19-18. Both teams traded buckets before F&M closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 32-25 edge into the break.
N.C. Wesleyan opened up the second stanza with an 11-3 run to take a 36-35 advantage at 14:51. Four lead changes and three ties ensued over next the eight minutes before Gyokchyan took over in the decisive run.
F&M outshot N.C. Wesleyan 46% to 40% and held a 36-31 advantage on the glass. The Diplomat shot almost 58% from two-point range.
Glenn Robinson moved up on the all-time NCAA wins lists. He passed Eddie Sutton and moved the 12th spot with 805 career victories.
Word on the Marlins
Last Time Out: Donald Vaughn led four Virginia Wesleyan College men's basketball team in double-figure scoring Friday as the Marlins rolled to a 93-63 victory over Delaware Valley College in an NCAA Division III first round tournament game.
Playing on their home court in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, the Marlins rode momentum provided in part by a vocal, overflow crowd in the Jane P. Batten Center to take control of the game in the second half. VWC (24-4) led 41-27 at halftime and only 50-42 five minutes into the second half after DVC's Chris Ellis hit a jumper.
But, "Mr. Clutch" Ed Roberts, who has come off the bench repeatedly during the season to spark Virginia Wesleyan with big time triples, did it again for the Marlins. He answered Ellis' bucket with a triple off an assist from rookie DJ Woodmore and the Marlins were sailing. It started an 18-2 VWC scoring blitz that virtually put the game on ice.
Virginia Wesleyan enjoyed a standout night from three-point range, hitting 11-of-24 attempts, led by Woodmore and Roberts with three each. The Marlins also fared well from the foul lines, hitting 22-of-29 attempts, led by Chris Astorga, Teasley, Woodmore and Davis with four each.
Vaughn, who ruled inside for the Marlins, finished with 31 points, five rebounds and three blocks. His block total increases his season total to 56 and moves him into a tie with Norman Billups (1977-81) as VWC's all-time leader in swats.
Woodmore finished with 15 points, Davis added 12 points and Astorga tallied 10. Ford led the Marlins with five assists.
In the Dance: VWC is making its 11th NCAA tournament appearance and seventh in a row under the leadership of head coach David Macedo. The Marlins are 15-11 in NCAA Tournament play, winning the National Championship in 2006.
All-Conference: Three Virginia Wesleyan players made their way to the All-ODAC Team this season. Freshmen guard D.J. Woodmore was named Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the second team. Donald Vaugh joined Woodmore on the second team while Chris Teasley earned a honorable mention nod.