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FARMVILLE -- The wait was worth it for Shenandoah University's men's basketball team.
In a men's basketball game that saw its start delayed by four hours due to Shenandoah's charter bus breaking down, the Hornets shook off the effects of the long trip to down former USA South Conference rival North Carolina Wesleyan 87-80 in the opening round of the 2013 South Region Challenge hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.
Trailing by five, 67-62, with 7:23 remaining, Shenandoah (3-0) reeled off eight of the game's next 11 points to tie the contest at 70-all with 5:33 remaining.
Senior Avery Green, who led all scorers with 23 points, tied it at the 5:33 mark with a 3-pointer.
Freshman CJ Rudisill then gave the Hornets the lead 19 seconds later with the second of his two 3-pointers on the night.
Shenandoah would lead the rest of the way, eventually extending the lead out to as much as eight with 1:41 left.
N.C. Wesleyan (3-1) made matters interesting by getting a DJ Weaver 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to cut the deficit to four, 84-80, before Dante Seraile and Avery Green combined to hit 3 of 4 from the line down the stretch to seal the victory.
The two teams traded the lead four times and were tied on two other occasions in the opening half with the Bishops taking a 38-36 lead into the break thanks to a Devonte Williams jumper three seconds before the halftime buzzer.
In addition to Green's 23, Jared Carithers had 13 points and Jimi Starks 12.
SU won the battle of the glass 39-36.
Shenandoah completes the tournament with a 2 p.m. Saturday contest against Mary Washington.