The Roanoke College men’s basketball team picked up their first conference win Wednesday, January 22, when they played host to Wasps of Emory and Henry. It took just 28 seconds for Andrew Daniels to score the first points for Roanoke in a game that showcased the Maroons’ talent for basketball in a one sided game that ended in favor of the home team. The students could sit comfortably in their seats as they watched their team never trail behind the Wasps. The Maroons outplayed the Wasps in every way through the first half, outscoring their opponent 42-20 in the first twenty minutes. In the first half the Maroons shot 48.28% on their two point attempts, 16.67% on three pointers, and an impressive 86.67% behind the free throw line. Their opponents could only muster a 26.92% on two pointers, 11.11% behind the three point line, and 50% on free throws.
The Maroons’ 22 point lead gave them plenty of room to relax during the second half of the game when they were barely outscored by Emory and Henry 39-41. The Maroons still managed to shoot 56.25% on two point attempts and went 1-2 on three point shots, but only made 2 out of their 10 free throw shots. The Wasps still only managed to make 46.67% of their two pointers, went 1-6 behind the three point line, but jumped to 63.16% at the free throw line, going 12-19.
The dominant Maroons were led in points by Daniel Eacho who picked up 22 points, 8 of which came at the free throw line as he made all of his foul shots. Andrew Daniels and Marcus Scott followed Daniel Eacho with 17 points and 12 points respectively. Cameron Smith led the Maroons with 6 rebounds and contributed 6 points of his own. Roanoke was able to give most of its players some playing time and a chance to contribute to the win. Roanoke’s bench was able to score 25 of the 81 points to help propel their team to victory. This win over Emory and Henry gives the Maroons a 7-8 record and 1-6 record in ODAC play. The men’s basketball team has nine games remaining in their season, all against ODAC opponents. They return to play on Saturday, January 25 as they host Randolph-Macon College who currently are tied for first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 6-1 record.