Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry College men’s basketball team had a struggling week, after losing two tough games in conference to Roanoke College and Lynchburg College. The losses dropped the Wasps record to 18-3 (10-2 ODAC) with E&H still remaining in first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
On Wednesday January 31, the Wasps went on the road to face the Maroons from Roanoke. The last time the two teams had met, Emory picked up a tight win 77-75. This time it would be a little different as Roanoke swarmed by E&H 76-68. The Wasps were up 40-32 at the half but the Maroons opened the second half up with resurgence going on an 11-2 run, to only be down one point. Both teams would trade baskets back and forth before Roanoke would seal the victory over E&H. Senior Chase Branscomb led the Wasps with 26 points and made it a double-double with 12 rebounds. Senior John Shelor also had 11 points for the Wasps in the loss.
Loss number two would be just as hard as the loss against Roanoke. On Saturday February 3, the Wasps were on the road again at ODAC rival, Lynchburg College. The Wasps would end up losing a heartbreaker 81-79. The game was back and forth until the end, with E&H holding a slight 79-74 lead with less than a minute left. Lynchburg would end the game on a 7-0 run, to send the Wasps home with their second straight loss. Branscomb again led all scorers, this time with 18 points.
In other news for the basketball team, in the NCAA first south region rankings, E&H was tabbed in third place. First place was Randolph-Macon from the ODAC, and second place was Emory from Atlanta, Georgia. The Wasps have four games slated for the rest of the season before the conference tournament begins. E&H will look to close out the season on a good run, to solidify a top seed for the tournament. Also sophomore Colin Molden is working to get back on the court after his ankle injury.