TAKOMA PARK, Md. Down 8-points with 1:30 left, the Southern Virginia Men's Basketball team mounted a furious comeback to beat the Shock 73-72. The Knights went to a pressure defense and fouled after every made bucket. Needing luck and poor WAU shooting, The Knights got both as they converted their baskets and the Shock inexplicably missed all of their eight free-throws as SVU stormed back for the upset.
"That was probably the best use of time-outs and fouls that I have seen in my coaching career," said Head Coach Brian Pendleton. "It ws a battle for us the entire night, and we dug ourselves a huge hole. The guys never gave up and we peaked at the perfect time."
SVU never had a lead in the game until the clock showed 0:02 left in the game. The Knights trailed by as many as 14-points as the hosts looked to claim a USCAA scalp for the season. With the game slipping away, SVU put in a basket to get under a double digit deficit, and then the madness began as the visitors clawed back. A pattern of basket-foul-missed free throws followed as the Knights whittled down a lead that looked secure.
A Bryce Pendleton three-pointer cut the deficit to 1 at 72-71. Another foul for the Knights, and the frigid free-throw shooting for the Shock continued. A battered Ade Swann entered for the final 7-seconds, and took the in-bounds pass and was immediately swarmed by three Shock defenders. Swann found a wide-open Cory Evans under the basket, and Evans converted the easy layup for the first lead of the game for the Knights, and the eventual win.
The win would not have been possible if not for the efforts of Casey Nye who led the Knights in both scoring 16-points, and Travis Kidd who pulled down 8-rebounds. SVU shot 45% from the field on 27-of-60 shooting. The Knights shot 30% from beyond the three-point arc, but were only able to convert 13-of-22 free-throws.
SVU is now 12-4 on the season. The next game for the Knights comes against NCAA D.I foe VMI. The Knights will travel the six miles to play their annual local foe. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.