FERRUM, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan University used a late 16-7 run to post a 77-75 Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball comeback win over Ferrum College this afternoon at Swartz Gym.
Virginia Wesleyan (13-12, 11-5 ODAC)
Ferrum (5-20, 4-12 ODAC)
All five starters scored in double figures for the Marlins, led by R.J. Nicholson's 17 points. Virginia Wesleyan led 39-32 at the break, but Ferrum clawed back to take a 63-60 lead on RJ Turner's jumper with 6:08 left to play. Marcus Huff then drilled a three-pointer with 4:47 left to give Ferruim its last lead at 66-63.
The Marlins tied the game at 66-66 22 seconds later on R.J. Nicholson's three-pointer, then got jumpers from Tyree Gholson and Tim Fisher to go out in front 70-66 with 2:32 left in regulation. Gholson would later convert a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left to expand the Marlins' lead to 76-70. Huff hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to trim the lead to 76-73, but Gholson made it a two-possession game when he made one of two free throws with 0:03 showing on the clock. Turner finished the game with a layup at the buzzer for the final score.
Coach Tyler Sanborn's team closed out the 2018-19 season with the loss. Huff and Turner are Ferrum's only two graduating seniors, while 12 others are eligible to return for the 2019-20 season.