Virginia Wesleyan responds from tough losses to cruise to 105-64 victory
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Ferrum's first meeting with Virginia Wesleyan since the 1989-90 season ended with No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan using 19 players in a 105-64 non-conference victory. It ended the 2013 portion of the current schedule with the Marlins now owning an 8-2 record.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Marlins, who had lost the past two in overtime.
Junior Greg Montgomery scored a career-high 24 points to lead four Marlins in double-figure scoring as VWC posted its third 100-plus game of the season. Montgomery nailed 9 of 11 shot attempts and 6 of 8 free throws, and dished out five assists. Rookie Khory Moore also hit for a career high with 15 points, hitting 6 of 9 field-goal attempts. Sophomore Sedric Nady emerged with 11 points.
VWC's fourth double-figure scorer was All-American D.J. Woodmore, who connected on 7 of 10 shots en route to 19 points, marking his 17th consecutive game in double-figure scoring. He hit five triples, increasing his career total to 200, making him only the third VWC player ever to net 200-plus triples. Woodmore's 19 points also increased his career total to 1,574, moving him into the No. 5 spot among VWC's all-time leading scorers, tying Lonnie Blow (1979-82), whoi is the current head coach at Virginia State.
Ferrum (3-6), tagged as the No. 2 team in the USA South Athletic Conference's preseason poll, led eary at VWC after Rashawn Speas and preseason All-American Jamal Pullen scored in the first 1:30 of action.
Back-to-back 3-point shots by Nady and junior Cameron Owens gave Virginia Wesleyan the lead for good minutes later. The treys were part of a 25-4 scoring run by the Marlins, who opened up a 30-11 advantage with 8:33 remaining in the first half. Six Marlins scored in the surge, led by Montgomery with 11 points.
Pullen scored on a layup to get the Panthers back on the scoreboard at 30-13, but VWC closed out the half with a 22-7 run to post a 52-20 lead at halftime. Woodmore led that final scoring effort with 11 points in a span of 7:26.
Virginia Wesleyan started to turn to its deep bench early in the second half, but nothing much changed on the court for the Marlins, who opened up a 46-point lead several times in the half.
VWC connected on 52 percent of its field goals in the contest, while Ferrum hit on 36 percent. The Panthers struggled in the first half, hitting only 28 percent from the field, netting seven goals. Virginia Wesleyan's shooting included a 12 of 27 effort from 3-point range, while Ferrum hit just 1-of-12.