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Wesleyan kicks off men’s hoops season
VIRGINIA BEACH -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishop men’s basketball team opened up regular season play over the weekend, splitting a pair of games and earning a runner-up finish at the Virginia Wesleyan Cox Communications Tip-Off Classic in Virginia Beach.

Wesleyan turned in a thrilling 73-70 victory over Rutgers-Newark on Friday night as sophomore guard Jarmel Arrington from Northern Nash nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

The host Marlins, however, proved to be too much on Saturday in an 83-60 defeat.

In Friday’s season opener, the Scarlet Raiders and Bishops battled through nine lead changes and seven ties.

The Bishops, who led 37-36 at the break, trailed by as many as six in the second half. The Raiders, however, were their own worst enemy, connecting on just 14 of 29 attempts at the charity stripe on the night.

It looked as though junior Chad Barnes had bailed them out when he drained a three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining that put Rutgers-Newark up 70-68. But Barnes fouled out just six seconds later, setting up sophomore guard Trey Drake for a pair of free throws which evened the score.

Junior forward Adam Coleman then got a steal and called time out with just five ticks remaining, setting up Arrington’s buzzer-beating heroics.

Arrington finished with a game-high 23 points, as did senior teammate Lenny Hall. Sophomore Trey Drake added 12 points and six assists, while freshman Careem Corbett pulled down 12 rebounds.

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