BUENA VISTA, Va. Cory Evans and Bryce Pendleton both recorded 15 points, as the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team routed Knoxville 96-30. Evans added to his point total by pulling down seven rebounds for a solid performance as the Knights controlled the game early in overcoming the visiting Bulldogs.
A close game in the first half was blown open as the Knights went on 17-point run to grasp control of the game. Another 10-point run at the end of the first half allowed the Knights to have a overwhelming 58-14 lead and erase any doubt as to the eventual winner of the contest.
"We executed very well," said Head Coach Brian Pendleton. "After the loss at Liberty I wanted to see how our players responded. I think we did a good job of playing relaxed, and forcing the tempo of the game. Cory and Bryce put in solid efforts, and the team fed off of their energy. We need our upper classmen to play like that every game."
Pendleton was a handful for the Bulldogs behind the three-point arc, as he connected on 4 of 10 three-pointers. Evans and Ade Swann helped run a fluid SVU offense as they contributed 5 and 4 assists respectively.
The second half was at a slower tempo, as Pendleton played every player, and rotated players constantly. Despite the slower tempo, SVU still played stingy defense as they forced the Bulldogs into 37 turnovers. Swann, Casey Nye and Chris Lewis contributed four steals a piece to the cause and were able to force several easy baskets on the run in the second half.
"Everybody wants to play well, and we definitely had to pull back on the reins in the second half," said Pendleton. "We want to win, and do so convincingly, but we also want to execute the game plan. Sometimes we won't win as big, and if we can't run plays properly, then we'll have some tough challenges. I can't really complain though. It's a good win for us, and helps keep momentum for the season going."
SVU racked up 22 steals to go with 32 rebounds for the night. SVU shot 38 for 70 from the field for a .543 shooting percentage. The Knights were 12 for 17 from the free-throw line, and received another solid performance from the bench as the second team contributed 49 points.
SVU is now 3-1 for the season. The Knights will travel to take part in the Asbury Classic scheduled for Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.