BUENA VISTA, Va. As the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team honored its seniors, Bryce Pendleton ensured that the seniors went out with a night to remember as they crushed Washington Adventist, 79-49. Pendleton scored 22-points on 7-of-18 shooting, and did his damage from behind the three-point line, hitting on 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Pendleton led a blistering attack on the Shock as he helped the Knights extend their 13-point half-time lead to an overwhelming 31-point lead at the 9:30 mark of the second term. SVU coasted from there, as they triumphed easily over a fellow USCAA foe.
The game had far more drama in the first few minutes of the first-half as both teams combined for only one point within the first five-minutes of the game. Once the Knights got started, though, their shooting overwhelmed the visitors, as the hosts moved to the commanding lead heading into the half.
Cory Evans and Ade Swann also made sure that their last night in Knight Arena ended on a positive note, as they contributed 11-points apiece. A surprise contributor came in the form of Casey Nye, as he put in 17-points, and pulled down 7-rebounds. Nye has missed the last few games with an injury, and his presence was greatly appreciated by the home team, who fed off of his energy and hustle to blow past the Shock in the second half.
Mini-runs throughout the half spurred the Knights to an ever-increasing lead, and the team was able to make the most of its 6-for-13 3-point shooting. At one point, the Knights had outscored the Shock 22-5 in the half.
Overall, SVU shot 41% from the field on 29-of-70 shooting, and as mentioned use blistering three-point shooting to put the game away. SVU shot 46% from beyond the arc, and combined that with 29 WAU turnovers, to get easy baskets all night.
The Knights pulled down more boards than WAU, with Terrell Johnson leading the team with 12- of the 40-team rebounds. SVU got great production from its bench, led by Nye, as they put in 29-points to WAU's 9.
SVU is now 14-8 on the season. The team will now turn its attention to preparations for the USCAA National Tournament. The Knights will be hoping to get a high seed for the tournament which starts on Mar. 3, in Uniontown, Pa. Prior to the game, the three SVU seniors, Cory Evans, Bryce Pendleton and Ade Swann were recognized for their contributions to the program for the past few years.