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Marietta College’s David Sanford (4) handles the ball during a college men’s basketball game against Wilmington last season at Ban Johnson Arena.
(Times file photo)

For the Marietta College men’s basketball team, there will be no dwelling on what was an extremely successful start to the 2023-24 campaign.

The Pioneers defeated a solid Washington & Jefferson team Friday knocking preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Christopher Newport on Saturday.

“It was a huge weekend for us,” said Marietta head coach Jon VanderWal. “Washington & Jefferson is a big win. They were picked to win the President Athletic Conference, and they’re going to win a lot of games this year. We chose to play them to boost our strength of schedule. It was a tough opening game because they pressured us the whole…

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