VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan advanced to the round of 16 with a 70-57 win against St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday.

VWC (26-3) bounded out to an 11-5 lead, before the Seahaaks (20-8) rallied back to take 14-13 lead on a jumper by Jeff Haus. But once VWC's Donald Vaugh hit a free throw to tie the score and Chris Astorga nailed a 3-pointer to give VWC a 17-14 lead the Marlins never trailed again.

The Marlins rode an 11-3 surge to push in front 28-17 and VWC went on to post a 30-20 lead by halftime.

But, the Seahawks were not finished, despite falling behind 46-27 with 10:46 remaining to play. St. Mary's began to apply the defensive pressure, forcing VWC turnovers that helped the Seahawks pull all the way back to a 46-40 score wih 7:53 to go.

Virginia Wesleyan shot it off and came back with key buckets from senior Rakeem Davis,Ali Brown, D.J. Wodmore, and Vaughn to reopen a 60-49 lead with 1:56 to play.

Four Marlins scored in double figures led by Chris Teasley with 13 points. Vaugh and Brown chipped in with 12 points each and Woodmore tallied 10. He and Brown also pulled down a game-high rebounds each.

Christian Mac Auley led St. Mary's with 21 points and eight rebounds. Devn Spencer added 12 points.