UNIONTOWN, Pa. Bryce Pendleton led the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team in both points and rebounds, and helped the team overcome Rochester College, 73-63 to move on to the USCAA Championship game. Pendleton scored 22-points and pulled down 8-rebonds as the Knights overcame a first half deficit to top the #2 seed of the tournament.
Pendleton was joined by fellow senior, Cory Evans, who pulled down 8-rebounds as well, and put in 17-points to give the Knights the victory, and help lead them to only their second trip to the USCAA Championship game in program history.
The Knights had trailed at the half 29-25. The game was close throughout the first half, and both teams had opportunities for leads. SVU had only converted 37% of its shots hitting on 10-of-27 from the field. The Knights only made 7-trips to the free-throw line, and could only convert on two of those attempts.
The shooting woes changed drastically in the second half, as SVU was lights out from beyond the three-point arc. SVU went 8-for-11 from three-point range, and outscored Rochester 48-34. Pendleton was a force from outside as he 3-for-6 to contribute to the offensive onslaught. Evans one-upped his senior teammate by going 5-for-7 from three-point land.
SVU's shooting percentage in the second half showed why they won the game, as they hit on 66% of their shots. The free-throw shooting improved, especially towards the end, as Rochester fouled to get back in the game. The Knights shot 45% overall, but improved to 53% in the second term.
The teams combined for 72-rebounds, with each team recording 36-boards apiece. The game was relatively error free as the game saw only 23 turnovers (SVU 11, RC 12) total.
With the hot second-half shooting the Knights ended the day with 51% shooting from the field on 26-of-51 shooting.
SVU now has an overall season record of 16-8. The Knights will now have a rematch with Talladega College for the USCAA Championship. The Knights fell to the Tornadoes last year in the semi-finals, as Talladega went on to win the tournament. The championship game is scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm EST. The game can be followed via audio through the SVU athletic website, and through YouCastr on the USCAA website.