Andrew McClung, Sports Editor • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry men’s basketball teams’ hope for a Division III national championship, were extinguished last Friday, March 2 by Franklin & Marshall.
In the “Battle of the &,” it was a back and forth game early between the Wasps and Diplomats. About midway through the game, the Wasps were tied at 14 apiece. However F&M would go on an 11-0 run and hold a 25-14 lead. E&H would battle back, but F&M had the lead 37-29 at the half.
The second half E&H would jump out on 14-6 run, to tie the game at 43 all. After that the game went back and forth, before F&M really opened the game up. In the next eight minutes, F&M would go on an 18-2 run, to close out the Wasps historic season. E&H was defeated by a final score of 73-59.
The Wasps were led on the day by junior Jarris Hendricks, who had one of his best career games. Hendricks was a perfect four of four from downtown, leading the Wasps with 14 points. Senior Chase Branscomb close out his career as a Wasp with nine points and 11 rebounds, just one point shy of a double-double.
The loss does not diminish at all what E&H did this season. E&H finished with their best record since 1993, won the ODAC championship for the first time in school history, and made the NCAA tournament. However the Wasps will look to reload for next season, losing four seniors, two of which were starters. The Wasps finish their season with a final record of 22-7.