HARRISONBURG, Va. A 53-27 half-time lead for EMU was too much for the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team to overcome as they lost their second game in a row 89-68. The 11th ranked Runnin Royals were looking to avenge their first loss of the season at the hands of the Knights.
The teams traded baskets, and were close for the majority of the first half, but a 24-3 run at the 7:17 mark of the first half ended the competition for the Knights. EMU was able to keep the visitors from registering a field goal for the remainder of the first-half, and the large lead proved too much for the Knights.
Ade Swann led the Knights in scoring as he went 5-for-15 from the field and 4-for-8 from the free-throw line for 17-points. Terell Johnson led the team in rebounds as he pulled down 11, in another good display against the Royals. SVU was able to out-rebound EMU 47-41, but the advantage on the boards could not translate into more points.
SVU was held to 31% field goal percentage on 24-of-76 shooting. The Knights also could not get their three-point game going as they suffered through a 3-for-21 shooting night behind the arc. The free-throw situation for the Knights was not much better as they struggled through a 17-of-28 performance.
The Royals were proving a tough task for the Knights, and the large lead was never whittled to lower than 21-points in the second half.
This marks the first time this season that the Knights have lost 2 games in succession. The Knights fall to 12-6 on the season. SVU returns to action Jan. 30 when they face USCAA foe Warren Wilson. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 pm tip-off.