Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight straight wins. The Emory & Henry men’s basketball team continues to roll and roll all over their opponents.
After winning against Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon the week before, Wednesday January 24, the Wasps traveled to Lynchburg where they faced the Wildcats from Randolph College. The Wildcats went into the game with a subliminal record of (4-13, 1-7 ODAC) while E&H boasted a record of (16-1, 9-0 ODAC). It was also the first game that Wasps played as a ranked team.
The game started out very tight, with the Wasps holding a tight five point advantage, 14-9. The Wasps held that lead the entire first half, going into the locker room. The Wasps started the second half on a 7-0 run, but Randolph got it to as close as 40-39. Eventually the Wasps pulled away and defeated the Wildcats 85-74.
Senior John Shelor paced the Wasps leading them with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Also junior Alic Wynn had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while junior Jarris Hendricks scored a career high 15 points off the bench.
Then on Saturday, the Wasps had a big home game against the Bridgewater Eagles. The Wasps were looking to remain perfect and they did defeating the Eagles 90-73. It was another tight contest with Wasps holding on to win it down the stetch. The first half was back and forth, before Emory jumped out to a 28-21 lead. Eventually the Wasps led at halftime 38 to 34. The second half was all E&H, as they jumped out on a 19-7 run, taking a 57-41 lead. The Wasps would then shutdown the Eagles the rest of the half, sending them home with a loss.
Senior Chase Branscomb led all scorers with 25 points and had 11 rebounds for a double-double. Junior Alic Wynn also had another great game, getting his second straight double-double. Wynn had 12 points with 18 rebounds.
Also in other Emory & Henry basketball news, the Wasps are up to 19 now in the D3 national rankings.
Finally the Wasps are back in action this week with two road contests against teams they’ve beaten earlier this season. The Wasps play Roanoke College on Wednesday and Lynchburg College on Saturday.