November 28, 2009

Pendleton's Heroics Not Enough as Knights Fall in OT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Bryce Pendleton's 27-points and a last second three-point shot from Ade Swann were not enough as the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team fell to Christopher Newport 93-82 in OT. Swann's shot went in as time expired after it hit the rim, and then the backboard and fell in to send the game to overtime. The Knights had fought back all night, as the Captains twice had lead of double-digits. However, Pendleton and Swann would not let VU go down without a fight, and there efforts helped SVU stay close until the end. For their efforts the duo was named to the Christopher Newport Invitational All-Tournament Team.

"You definitely walk away fro the loss disappointed, but you can't be upset with effort like that," said Head Coach Brian Pendleton. "It felt like we were playing catch-up all night. We would make runs, and then they (CNU) would jump out to another big lead. I was hopeful that when Ade's shot went in, we'd have momentum going into the overtime."

The momentum did not last as CNU scored 15-points in the extended period to put the Knights away. Pendleton led all players with his 27 on 10-18 shooting and 5-10 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Swann was 8-16 from the field and 1-5 from beyond the arc. Chris Lewis was the leading Knight rebounder as he pulled down 5.

The Knights were 29-61 from the field and put in 9 of 22 three pointers. The Knights were solid if not overwhelming from the free-throw line as they went 15 for 23 from the line. SVU unfortunately lost a critical battle as they allowed the Captains to pull down 56 rebounds, and 15 alone to CNU center Mark Blasingame.

The Knights are now 6-3 on the season. SVU returns to action Dec. 2 when they travel to face another NCAA D.III opponent in Shenandoah. The game is scheduled for 7:00 pm.