Written by Chris Pendleton
FROSTBURG, Md.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of 2013 at Frostburg State University on Tuesday as the Bobcats' DeSean Antoine swished a deep 3-pointer with only three seconds remaining to defeat the visiting Knights 87-84.
"Anoine had a great game tonight and that was a really tough game winner he made at the end," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "I was proud of the way our guys battled back in the second half, but we came up just short tonight."
After leading by two points (37-35) at halftime, Southern Virginia (11-4) struggled offensively following the break scoring only ten points over the first 10:28 of the second half leading to a nine-point (58-49) Frostburg State (8-12) lead with just over nine minutes left to play.
A quick 6-0 Southern Virginia run cut the Bobcat's lead to only three points (58-55) at the 7:27 mark, but Frostburg responded with a 7-0 run of its own pushing its advantage out to a game-high ten points with only 5:55 remaining in the game.
After trailing for the final 15 minutes of the second period, Southern Virginia battled back from its late double-digit deficit to tie the score at 84-84 on a made layup by Wesley Evans (Crystal Lake, Ill.) with only 13 ticks left on the clock, however, Antoine's deep three on the ensuing possession ended the Knights' unlikely comeback.
Antoine tied a Frostburg State record with seven 3-pointers on the night as the senior went 7-for-10 from behind the arc on route to a game-high 24 points. Felllow Bobcats senior Christian Jackson added 23 in the victory.
Three-point shooting was the difference maker in Wednesday's loss as Frostburg State shot a scorching 55.0 percent (11-for-20) from behind the arc, while Southern Virginia made only 36.4 percent (8-for-22) of its long-range attempts.
Evans added 12 points and 4 rebounds for the Knights, while Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) nearly recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.
Southern Virginia had won its first five games of the semester prior to Wednesday's last-second loss.
Men's basketball is off until Saturday, Feb. 2 when Southern Virginia travels to USCAA-rival The Apprentice School for a rematch of last Saturday's thrilling 96-87 overtime victory against the visiting Shipbuilders.