The Virginia Wesleyan College Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 1st in the NCAA Division III South Region Standings posted on February 28th.
The Marlins finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 25-5. Virginia Wesleyan met Williams College and fell 79-73.
The Marlins’ Season
The Marlins faced Williams College in the regional semifinals and lost 79-73. The whole game had the Marlins leading until the final 5:55 remaining in the game.
A dunk from Williams put them up 60-59 and they never trailed again after that. Williams’ free throw accuracy maintained the lead by hitting 27 of 35 from the charity line, while Virginia went 10 of 16 for the game. Virginia was 9 of 23 from behind the arc, while Williams was 6 of 18. The Marlins outrebounded Williams 43-33.
The Marlins could feel the win in their grasp, but they were unable to score in the second half and saw the season slip away as Williams overtook them. Head Coach David Macedo leads the Marlins but depends on D.J. Woodmore, Chris Astorga, and Chris Teasley to win games.
About The Team
Head Coach David Macedo is in his 11th season at Virginia Wesleyan and has guided them to an overall record of 215-76 and a 128-48 regular season mark, along with six straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Macedo holds a 13-5 NCAA tournament record. He has also been selected as the Virginia College Division Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors four times. Macedo has also guided the team to three Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships and three regular-season first-place finishes.
Freshman D.J. Woodmore was a standout in his first collegiate season. He was named National Rookie of the Year, South Region Rookie of the Year, and DIII News 10-member national All-Freshma Team.
He averaged 13.8 points per game, while hitting 47.4% from the field, 41.1% from three-point range, and knocked down 51 triples, tying the second highest total ever by a Virginia freshman. Sophomores Chris Astorga and Chris Teasley weren’t recognized for their talents through awards, but through how far they helped their team get this season.
Astorga finished the season averaging 12.2 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and 22 blocks for the season. Teasley finished the season averaging 11.7 points per game, 1.8 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game.
About The School
Virginia Wesleyan College is located in Norfolk, VA and is a small, four-year liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church.
The college is ideally positioned in a metropolitan area with plenty of possibilities for exploring careers, discovering through exploration and helping gain a firm hold on the future. Virginia Wesleyan offers programs tailored to differing educational interests including internships with dynamic companies throughout the region, study abroad, and the like.
There are about 1,400 students with an average student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Students have 34 majors to choose from, along with over 70 student clubs and organizations.