By Daniel Whitehead
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Playing on the road for the first time in nearly a month, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team used a big second half to earn a 76-69 victory at The Apprentice School Wednesday evening in Newport News, Va.
The Knights (2-4) opened the second half going 8-for-8 from the floor and 12-for-12 from the free-throw line to build a 63-45 lead with 7:07 remaining in the game after owning a slight 32-28 advantage at halftime.
Junior point guard Chris Baker led Southern Virginia with 20 points on the night as he went 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from the stripe in addition to two three-pointers. The Columbia, Md., native also earned six rebounds, an assist, a block and three steals before fouling out.
Ben Canevari was strong in the middle for the Knights as he registered 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting and showed his range by putting in two treys on the night. He also grabbed six boards to go with an assist, a block and a steal before fouling out.
Forward Wesley Evans and guard Michael Price each contributed 10 points for the team as Evans picked up his second double-double of the season by logging a team-high 11 rebounds for the night. Price went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line to assist in the Knight victory, while junior Preston Eaton had eight points, six boards and a team-high five assists in the win.
Apprentice was paced by Jay Melendez, who scored 26 points shooting 10-for-18 from the field, including a 5-for-10 ratio from beyond the arc. Darrell Fenton poured in 13 points for the Builders.
Southern Virginia next competes Saturday, Jan. 4, at Capital Athletic Conference opponent Wesley to resume league play. Tipoff with the Wolverines is slated for 3 p.m. in Dover, Del.