BUENA VISTA, Va. Cory Evans shot 100% from the field on 11-for-11 shooting as the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team beat Shenandoah 93-79. Evans also went 6-for-6 from 3-point range as he scored a career high 36-points. He also added six rebounds for the night. Ade Swann contributed 22-points and added 9-assists and 5-rebounds to add to the cause and help the Knights move to 10-4 on the season.
"This was a complete team effort," said Head Coach Brian Pendleton ."We had a couple of players with outstanding individual performances, but they were able to do that because the team performed at such a high level collectively. "
The game was tightly contested throughout, and the Knights had the biggest leads in both halves. In the first term, SVU broke free from a 13-13 tie at the 13:32 mark and went on a 10-0 run to establish a lead. Shenandoah did not go away, and whittled the lead down to only a two-point lead before the hosts were able to extend by a basket the half-time lead at 44-40.
SVU had established an inside presence in the first half as they cleared the boards for a 17-8 advantage in rebounds. The Knights had a shaky start from the free-throw line as they were only able to convert on nine of their fifteen attempts in the first half.
The second half proved to be a tighter affair as Shenandoah and SVU traded baskets throughout the majority of the period. For the first ten minutes neither team was able to take a lead larger than 4-points. The success for the Knights was in large part to Pendleton's team's execution of the game plan.
"Shenandoah has some great players," said Pendleton. "We knew that we needed to play an aggressive but smart defense, and we knew that if we executed we'd have a chance for the win. In the end, I'm really grateful that Cory had such a strong night. He carried us through some big moments tonight."
SVU was able to finish off the Hornets in the last few minutes of the game and extended the lead from the line, as Shenandoah looked to stop the clock. SVU eventually finished 27-for-38 from the free throw line. Southern Virginia also out-rebounded the visitors 35-27 and forced Shenandoah into 18-turnovers. The Hornets were led by Mitchell Dudley who had 24-points and 7-rebounds.
SVU returns to action Jan. 19 when they travel to play USCAA foe Apprentice. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The game marks the start of a 7-game road stretch for the Knights.