Success Against Ranked Teams Eludes Men's Basketball In NCAA Tournament

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Success has followed the John Carroll University men's basketball team against ranked teams this year.
 
John Carroll beat St. Norbert back in December when the Green Knights were ranked 18th. To date, it is the lone loss for St. Norbert. On February 14, John Carroll topped Marietta when the Pioneers were the third-ranked team in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.
 
That success would not carry over to the NCAA Tournament as John Carroll bowed out to No. 9 Virginia
Wesleyan 101-86 on Friday afternoon in Wayne, N.J.
 
"Coach Moran told the guys he was as proud of this group as any he has ever coached," said assistant coach Frank O'Brien. "We were blessed with great leadership from out two seniors David Hendrickson and Jake Hollinger. They set the tone for the entire season."
 
The Marlins quickly used a 10-0 run to open up a 12-3 lead on the Blue Streaks with 15:58 remaining in the first half. Virginia Wesleyan would make five of its first seven field goal attempts of the game.
 
Hendrickson heated up bringing JCU back into the game. The senior went on to score 10 of John Carroll's next 12 points to cut Virginia Wesleyan's lead to five at 20-15 with 13:19 left in the opening stanza.
 
Ryan Farragher scored JCU's six ensuring points. The junior's layup with 10:38 remaining in the opening half made the score 28-21 in favor of the Marlins. The second platoon stayed strong keeping the deficit at seven with four rebounds and two free throws from John Cirillo in a minute stretch.
 
Virginia Wesleyan's Kaelin Poe put the Marlins up 10 on a tip in with just over four minutes left in the first half. John Carroll would do on a 9-1 run capped by a pair of free throws by junior Danny Wallack making it a two-point game at 46-44 with 2:49 remaining.
 
Virginia Wesleyan capped the half with an 11-3 run to take a 57-47 lead into the locker room.
 
Tony Vuyancih led the Blue and Gold on an 8-0 run nailing back-to-back 3-pointers. The later tied the game at 62 with 16:05 remaining.
 
Hollinger put John Carroll on top 66-64 with 14:22 remaining. The lead was the Blue Streaks' first since the opening moments of the game. JCU's last lead would come on a Wallakc trifecta with 10:13 remaining.
 
Virginia Wesleyan used a 13-2 run capped by a Cameron Owens 3-pointer to take a seven point lead with just under five minutes remaining.
 
Farragher led the Blue and Gold with 14 points. Five Blue Streaks would finish in double figures in Hendrickson (12), Starks (12), David Linane (11) and Hollinger (10).
 
Said O'Brien, "The effort was certainly there tonight, but we ran into a great team who played very well. It was a tremendous experience for all of our players and hopefully our underclassmen have a better understanding what it takes to compete at this level."
 
John Carroll finished its season at 20-7 while Virginia Wesleyan improved to 24-5. John Carroll made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.