By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Getting back into Capital Athletic Conference action, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team fell to visiting Christopher Newport by an 80-54 score Wednesday evening at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The Knights (1-4) struggled from the floor, shooting 35.2 percent on 19-of-54 attempts and 31 percent from three-point range as they went 6-for-19 from beyond the arc. The Captains (5-1) were successful in the transition game, scoring 16 points off 17 Southern Virginia turnovers en route to the victory.
"We needed to rebound better than we did tonight since the shots weren't falling," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "We made a few runs during the game and cut their lead to seven with nine minutes to go, but their strength took over and they clamped down on us. The bottom line is that you can't shoot 35 percent and expect to be in the game."
After being named last week's United States Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, junior guard Preston Eaton once again led Southern Virginia with 22 points on the night shooting 7-for-19 from the field and scoring three treys. In addition to going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, he earned five rebounds, two assists and two steals during the game.
Point guard Chris Baker provided 13 points for the Knights on 5-of-14 shooting and converted two three-point attempts in the loss. The Columbia, Md., native also contributed three boards and three assists on the night.
Junior Wesley Evans went 3-for-6 from the field and 3-for-5 from the stripe to give Southern Virginia nine points in addition to four rebounds and two assists.
Christopher Newport shot 48 percent from the field and scored 12 three-pointers in the victory. The Captains also went 10-for-14 from the free-throw line to assist in the win. Guard Tra Benefield led the team with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while Mike Cherry provided 16 points for the Captains. Coming off the bench, CNU's Terry Jackson scored 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
Southern Virginia next competes Saturday at CAC opponent Salisbury. Tipoff with the Seagulls is slated for 3 p.m. in Salisbury, Md.