SU roundup: Royals spurn visiting Hornets in men’s basketball matchup

HARRISONBURG — Host Eastern Mennonite used a big first half run to key a 71-53 Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

The Royals (13-5, 6-3 ODAC) outscored Shenandoah 14-1 from the 7:22 to 0:13 second marks of the first to seize control of the contest.

Prior to that run, SU (2-16, 1-8) and EMU had traded the lead three times and were tied on five other occasions.

Sophomore Nik Stewart finally stopped this run by converting a three-point play eight seconds prior to halftime, but Eastern Mennonite had a lead it would not relinquish.

An 18-7 Shenandoah run to start the second, which was finished off with a Malcolm Clark fast-break layup with 10:17 remaining, brought the Hornets to within two at 43-41.

EJ Baltimore answered with a 3-pointer 18 seconds later, starting a 12-0 EMU run and putting the contest out of reach.

The Hornets would get no closer than 11 points in the final eight minutes of the contest.

Clark paced SU with 18 points, while Stewart added 13 and Aaron Patterson 11.

Xavier Alston was one bucket shy of a double-double; he had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Marcel Crump had 17 points and David Falk 16 with a game-high 15 rebounds for the hosts.

Eastern Mennonite shot 48 percent to an even 30 percent for the Hornets.

Shenandoah continues this road trip on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at Randolph.

Women’s basketball

WINCHESTER — Visiting Virginia Wesleyan led throughout in a 55-38 ODAC women’s basketball victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

The Marlins (12-6, 6-3 ODAC) held SU scoreless for the initial 9:55 of the contest to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Freshman Kirstyn Arcata, who led the Hornets with 11 points, finally snapped the scoreless drought by converting a fast-break layup at the 10:05 mark of the first.

Shenandoah had missed its first 12 shots from the field and turned the ball over three times prior to Arcata’s bucket.

In that same span, VWC scored 16 points put itself in total control of the contest.

After going into the half trailing by 16, 33-17, SU scored 14 of the first 22 points of the contest to cut the deficit to 10, 41-31, following a Holly Chittenden free throw with 9:47 remaining.

That would be as close as the Hornets would come, as Virginia Wesleyan scored the next 14 points of the contest and coasted home to the 17-point victory.

Chittenden backed up Arcata with eight points and is now 25 points from 1,000 for her career.

Nancy Kelly had 14 points and 16 rebounds for victors.

VWC owned a 49-30 advantage on the glass.

Shenandoah completes its three-game homestand on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest against Roanoke.