By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
On Thursday, the Roanoke Men’s basketball team traveled to Emory & Henry for an important ODAC matchup. Roanoke entered the contest with an overall record of 6-9 (1-5 in the ODAC), while the Wasps of Emory & Henry entered with an overall record of 2-13 (1-5 in the ODAC). If the Maroons secured a much needed win, they would propel themselves past the Wasps in the ODAC standings and put more distance between themselves and the bottom of the league.
From the tip-off, the 2-13 Wasps showed the Maroons that they were not going to let them pass in the ODAC without a hard-fought battle. Missing from the starting lineup was 1,000 point scorer Daniel Eacho, who has struggled in recent games. The Maroons looked towards Alexander Weant to provide the muscle down low.
Even with a change to their starting lineup, the Maroons managed to play a stellar first half and led the Wasps 42-40 when the horn sounded. The Maroons received a major lift from their bench from senior John Fitchett and freshmen Joey Miller and Dustin Hassell.
The Maroons managed to continue their momentum from the first half into the second and opened the gates with a 9-4 run. Unfortunately, the Maroons were soon stifled by two 122 runs in quick succession by the Wasps. After their succession of runs, Emory & Henry never looked back and proceeded to hand the Maroons a 96-89 loss.
Fitchett led the Maroons in scoring, notching 20 points in the game while Julian Ramirez, Andrew Daniels, and Joey Miller scored in double digits as well, finishing with 15, 13, and 13 respectively. With the loss, the Maroons dropped to 11th in the ODAC and continue their six-game losing streak.
Roanoke plays next this Saturday for Maroon Madness. Be sure to come out and support the team as they look to snap their losing streak with a win against Bridgewater College at