The Roanoke College men’s basketball team will be home this weekend to play host to the two-day Cregger Invitational Tournament at the Cregger Center on the Salem campus.
The tournament begins Saturday at 1 pm when the host Maroons take on Goucher College of Towson, Maryland. A 3 pm game follows between Hood College of Frederick, Maryland and Wesley College from Dover, Delaware. Saturday’s losers will play a consolation game at 1 pm Sunday at the Cregger Center and the winners will meet for the championship at 3 pm.
The Maroons come into the weekend with a 5-3 record after losing a heartbreaker to Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach last Saturday. Roanoke rallied from a nine-point deficit late but Virginia Wesleyan came away with a 58-55 ODAC win on Saturday.
A tight first-half saw neither team able to open up more than a four-point lead. VWU was able to connect on six three-point attempts in the first stanza, but RC would hold a 25-24 lead at the intermission.
A C.J. Miles three-pointer made the score 38-35 in favor of Virginia Wesleyan with 14 minutes to go in the game. VWU then scored nine of the next 11 points, opening up a 47-37 lead following a Corey Pellham three-pointer with just over nine minutes to go.
The Maroons chipped away and pulled within three on an Eli Sumpter three-pointer with 3:34 to play. The Marlins then scored the next six points to up their lead to nine points with 1:45 to play. RC rallied and made the score 58-55 following a Caleb Jordan three-point play with three seconds to go. Following a missed free-throw on VWU’s ensuing possession RC had a chance to tie the game, but Miles could not connect on a three-point attempt.