Vaughn's 22 points lead all scorers
Courtesy Virginia Wesleyan Athletics
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Friday turned out to be a big day for Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball coach David Macedo.
His third-ranked Marlins posted their 11th victory of the season, staying undefeated with a 76-64 win over North Carolina Wesleyan at the Jane P. Batten Student Center.
But the big news came around 1:25 a.m. when his wife, Kristen, gave birth to their newest addition, son Declin James.
Despite entering Friday's non-conference contest with little sleep, Macedo guided the Marlins past the pesky Bishops (6-5). NCWC led twice in the first half and took a 45-42 advantage with 14:27 remaining following a 3-pointer from Cornelius Snow and five consecutive points from Devin Nichols.
It was a short-lived lead as VWU posted an 8-0 run behind baskets from Chris Astorga, Donald Vaughn and Rakeem Davis.
The Marlins never trailed again although NCWC pulled within four points at 54-50 with 8:10 remaining. Virginia Wesleyan used an 11-3 run to seal the win, capped by four points from Astorga and a 3-pointer from sophomore Tre' Ford, off an Astorga assist.
In the first half, NCWC led twice. Domarius Thomas hit a jumper to put the Bishops in front at 25-24, only to see the Marlins answer with a three-point play from rookie DJ Woodmore. Virginia Wesleyan outscored the Bishops 10-0 in the next two minutes to open up a 34-25 lead. NCWC scored the final seven points of the period to pull within 34-32 at halftime.
Vaughn posted a game- and season-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks, hitting 8-of-14 field goal attempts and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Ford finished with 12 points, followed by Astorga with 11 points. Chris Teasley rounded out the quartet of double-figure scorers with 10.
Thomas led NCWC with 21 points and Matt Dougherty finished with 12 points. Virginia Wesleyan dominated on the backboards, outrebounding the Bishops 41-23.