It has been an exciting year for the Emory & Henry men’s basketball team. Some of the highlights include a win at 16th ranked Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach, winning games at the buzzer, multiple 100 point games, and their current hot streak of three consecutive wins, and winning 4 of their last 5 games.
E&H was in action against the Lynchburg College Hornets, for the second time this season, this past Wednesday, Feb. 1. The first time these two teams played, E&H slipped by the Hornet’s in overtime. Game two was quite the same between both teams, as both teams battled all game. The Wasps would jump out to an early 13-7 lead. Later in the half, the Wasps would go on a 9-0 run and take a 30-19 lead over the Hornets. At the half E&H would lead 45-34.
The second half was about the same for both teams, as E&H jumped out to its largest lead of the game 54-38. Lynchburg eventually would make a run, fighting to the finish. E&H was holding on to a 77-64 lead with around 4 minutes left in the game. The Hornets would keep things close but E&H would win the contest 84-77. Senior Myles Turner led E&H with 16 points and also added 5 rebounds.
Another highlight to add to their real was their amazing come from behind win against Shenandoah in Winchester on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Wasps finished the game on a 17-2 run to knock of the Hornets late, 67-63. Junior Chase Branscomb led the way for the Wasps with 20 points to help the Wasps complete the season sweep of the Hornets. Turner also contributed 16 points, while adding 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Sophomore Aaron Ferguson added 11 points off the bench. Sophomore Alic Wynn let the Wasps in rebounds with 7, and had 5 points in the game. First year Colin Molden led the Wasps in assists, dishing out 4 assists in the game.
For E&H, they finish the season with three of their final four games at home. Some of these games include Washington & Lee, a team that beat the Wasps in Lexington. Bridgewater, whom the Wasps handled easily in their first meeting, and they also host Eastern Mennonite on senior day. The last road game remaining for E&H is at Guilford. The Quakers are currently tied for first place in the ODAC with Randolph Macon. The Wasps hold the tie breaker between themselves and Virginia Wesleyan.
The Wasps have never made the NCAA tournament since 1993, and a strong push in the ODAC tournament would certainly help their cause for a tournament bid, if they’re not to win the ODAC tournament.
– Luke Montalbano