By Daniel Whitehead
DOVER, Del.—Despite a strong opening half, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team fell on the road to No. 20 Wesley College, 67-51, Saturday afternoon at Wentworth Gymnasium in Dover, Del.
Although Southern Virginia (2-5) shot 41 percent from the field in each half, the Knights struggled from the arc in the second half (2-for-8) and was not allowed any trips to the free-throw line as the Wolverines (8-1) pulled away.
"We had a nice comeback in the first half and made a game of it," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "Their size and athleticism took over in the second half and we got killed in the rebounding game. We played well in spots throughout but were outhustled on the boards."
The Knights were led by junior guard Preston Eaton, who went 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the three-point line en route to 16 points. The Mapleton, Utah, native also went 3-for-4 from the stripe and had a season-high six steals and tied a season-high five rebounds.
Junior forward Wesley Evans poured in 13 points for the Knights on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. Together, Eaton and Evans accounted for nearly 60 percent of the Knights' points as four others combined for 22 points. Evans also registered four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
Center Ben Canevari and guards Michael Price and Chris Baker scored six points apiece. Canevari logged four boards in the outing, while Baker had a team-best six assists and Price earned a team-best seven rebounds in addition to three steals.
Wesley was led by center David Langan and guard Wayne Lennon, who each had 13 points in the game with Langan contributing 10 offensive rebounds and 20 overall. Wesley achieved 26 points off Knight turnovers and had 18 second-chance points to Southern Virginia's one.
Southern Virginia next competes Wednesday night at home against Penn State Harrisburg to resume conference play. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. shortly following the women's game at Knight Sports Arena.