Quick Start Sparks Guilford to ODAC Road Men's Basketball Win at Eastern Mennonite

Trent Wells '19 (left), Marcus Curry '19 (right) (Andy Gore photos)
Trent Wells '19 (left), Marcus Curry '19 (right) (Andy Gore photos)

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Marcus Curry scored a game-high 16 points in Guilford College's 70-52 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball win at Eastern Mennonite University Saturday. The triumph marked the Quakers' fifth-straight win and 12th in their last 13 games. Guilford (15-5, 9-2 ODAC) has won nine straight over Eastern Mennonite (9-10, 4-6 ODAC) dating to 2013.

The Quakers scored the game's first 10 points and had an 18-2 lead eight minutes into the contest. Guilford cashed 10 Royals' turnovers into 15 first-half points and made 5-of-9 three-pointers to take a 38-22 halftime lead. Quakers' sophomore Will Leckonby hit two trifectas in the game-opening run and had nine points at the break. Curry added eight first-half points.

Eastern Mennonite only trailed Guilford 32-30 in the second half, but the first-half deficit proved too deep. The Quakers' lead hovered around 20 points for most of the second half before a brief flurry got the hosts to within 64-50 with 3:24 left in regulation. The Royals drew no closer as they were beset by turnovers (18) and missed shots (19-50) against one of the ODAC's top defenses.

Sophomore Joah Logan added a season-high 13 points along with six rebounds for the Quakers. Teammate Kyler Gregory chipped in with 10 points and a game-high eight boards. Leckonby and Carson Long finished with nine points apiece for Guilford, which totaled 26 points off of Eastern Mennonite turnovers and held the Royals to 5-for-21 (23.8%) 3-point shooting.

Eastern Mennonite's Tim Jones netted a team-high 13 points and Travis Clower contributed nine points and three steals.

Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers host Hampden-Sydney College Saturday (1/26) at 4:30 p.m. in ODAC action.