VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Omari DeVeaux scored a team-high 18 points, but his three-point try from the right wing just before the final buzzer sailed over the rim, and Virginia Wesleyan’s rally fell just short.

The Marlins (11-3, 3-3 in ODAC), who began the season 11-1, have now lost two in a row following a heartbreaking defeat to Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Roanoke 65-64.

The Marlins trailed by eight at the half, and were behind by as many as 10 in the second half, but they made a furious charge thanks in large part to Amarion Wilson (Kecoughtan HS). The sophomore from Hampton scored 17 points and had four blocked shots.

Wilson’s hook shot with 2:28 to go closed the gap to one, at 65-64, but neither team scored after that, each missing baskets. DeVeaux then missed at the buzzer.

Virginia Wesleyan plays again at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Eastern Mennonite.