By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 69-54 win over St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
Going into the half tied at 27, the Knights (1-3) used a solid defensive performance in the second half to earn the win. Southern Virginia achieved 30 rebounds during the second half to St. Joseph's 16 and outscored the Bears, 42-27, en route to the victory.
"We did a much better job in the second half rebounding and our defense throughout the game made the difference," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "Our defense definitely has improved from the first week to now. During the second half we recommitted to better rebounding, which led to the difference in the score. It was improved because everyone pitched in, not just one or two guys."
Southern Virginia was led by junior shooting guard Preston Eaton, who scored a season-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting and went 4-for-6 from three-point range to guide the Knight attack. The Mapleton, Utah, native also went 4-for-6 from the stripe, had five rebounds and earned two assists and a steal in 37 minutes of play.
Knight center Ben Canevari proved solid in the post, scoring 14 points on the afternoon on 6-of-12 shooting and earned four rebounds to go with two assists. His efforts led to Southern Virginia outscoring the Bears by a 34-24 ratio in the paint.
Guard Michael Price contributed 10 points for the Knights with three buckets and four free throws to go along with six boards, two assists and a team-high three steals. Guard Chris Baker poured in eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds, while forward Wesley Evans earned seven points and eight boards in addition to an assist and a steal.
St. Joseph's was led by Michael Megafu, who scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Ian Duff and David Louison earned 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Knights next compete Wednesday night as they resume Capital Athletic Conference play against Christopher Newport. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.