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#5 Virginia Wesleyan 91, EMU 65

For 15 minutes, the young Royals hung with No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan.  Then the Marlins took over and ran away with a 91-65 decision Wednesday night in Virginia Beach.

When VWC started off with a dunk coming off the opening tip, the men knew they had their hands full.  But Eastern Mennonite responded and jumped ahead 7-6 when Andrew Thorne (Front Royal, VA/Skyline) threw down a dunk of his own.

The Runnin Royals hung around, led by Thorne and freshman James Williams (Capitol Heights, MD/Archbishop Carroll), trailing just 30-28 with 4:45 left in the half.  Virginia Wesleyan then unleashed a 13-2 surge to close the frame, heading into the break on top 43-30.

EMU couldn’t stop Donald Vaughn (Woodbridge, VA/Dumfries Potomac) in the second, as the Marlins’ center scored their first 10 points after the break to push the deficit to 53-33.  The rest of the team took over, finishing off a 19-3 start to the second, taking a 62-33 edge.

The Royals never recovered as they had a two-game winning streak snapped and slipped to 8-10 overall and 3-6 in the ODAC.

Virginia Wesleyan out-shot EMU 46% to 35%.  They also forced the men into 24 turnovers.  The Royals forced only 11 miscues and had a season low three turnovers.

Thorne finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.  Williams added a career high 12 points as he went 6-for-8 from the free throw line.  He added a team high three assists.

Owen Longacre (Telford, PA/Christopher Dock) charted nine points and seven rebounds, while Ryan Yates (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) had seven scores and six boards.

The Royals did a good job of getting to the free throw line, finishing 22-34 from the stripe.  VWC was 21-30.

Vaughn had a game high 25 points, while DJ Woodmore (Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown) added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Marlins.

Eastern Mennonite returns home this weekend, hosting Roanoke Saturday night at 7:00pm.

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