VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Josh Pittman was clutch down the stretch as Guilford knocked off No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan 60-55 on Saturday.
Virginia Wesleyan (13-2, 6-1) battled back from an eight-point deficit to pull within two points (39-37) following a three-point play from Chris Teasley. Pittman responded with five unanswered points for Guilford, to help push the lead to 49-40.
Tre’ Ford, Rakeem Davis, D.J. Woodmore, and Teasley brought the Marlins back again, making the score 55-52 with 1:38 on the clock following a Woodmore triple.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|Guilford 60, No. 2 Va. Wesleyan 55|
|WPI 80, No. 3 MIT 68|
|No. 4 Amherst 82, Colby 64|
|McMurry 75, No. 6 Mary Hardin-Baylor 71|
|No. 10 Cabrini 93, Baptist Bible 70|
|No. 13 Franklin & Marshall 70, McDaniel 46|
|No. 18 William Pat. 67, Rut.-Camden 45|
|No. 20 St. Thomas 77, St. Mary’s 59|
|No. 25 Eastern Conn. 58, South. Maine 44|
This time Will Freeman extended the lead. He put-back his own miss to give Guilford a 57-52 lead with 46 seconds remaining. Another Woodmore triple made it a 58-55 game, but the Marlins were unable to get the possessions they needed to take the lead.
It was an intense game from the start, with VWC holding its largest lead at 21-16 following a Davis jumper with 6:20 remaining in the half. Pittman took over for Guilford in the closing minutes, coming on strong for eight points in a 14-3 run that gave Guilford a 30-24 halftime lead.
Guilford pushed its lead to eight points early in the second half, but Donald Vaughn, Chris Astorga, and Teasley pulled the Marlins within two point at 39-37. The Marlins challenged for the tie or lead several times after that, only to come up short.
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for Virginia Wesleyan and extended Guilford’s current streak to four consecutive. It also gave Guilford its ninth win against VWC in the last 10 games.
Woodmore emerged as the game’s leading scorer, pumping in 26 points on a 10-18 shooting effort, that included five threes. But, shooting was off overall for the Marlins, who only hit 33 percent from the field. Teasley, who hit four of 11 shots, finished with 11 points.
Pittman led Guilford with 18 points. He hit only six of 18 shots from the field, including three triples. Freeman followed with 16 points, hitting eight of 11 shots inside, and Gabriel Lowder tallied 13 points.