By Daniel Whitehead
FROSTBURG, Md.—Despite leading at halftime, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team allowed host Frostburg State University its first victory of the year, 77-67, Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena in Frostburg, Md.
The Knights (3-7) finished shooting 31 percent for the game following a 24 percent (8-for-33) second half and got into foul trouble over the course of the game. The Bobcats (1-13) ended the game at 49 percent from the field, shooting nearly 50 percent in each half for a balanced attack.
Southern Virginia led 42-41 at the break, but the Bobcats pulled ahead in the second half by outscoring the Knights by a 36-25 margin, including a 9-0 run in the final minutes.
"It was a frustrating loss for us, especially to play so poorly in the second half," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "We didn't do what we needed to win, which means not shooting or rebounding the ball very well. Frostburg State came into the game more determined than we were to get the win."
Junior guard Preston Eaton led Southern Virginia with 21 points for the night, going 8-for-19 shooting and registering a team-high eight rebounds during the game, including five offensive boards. The Mapleton, Utah, native also had three assists and five steals.
Chris Baker poured in 19 points for the Knights going 3-for-3 from the stripe and earning four rebounds and three assists. Coming off the bench, Kenrick Hart put together a solid effort with 13 points by going 3-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 on free throw attempts. Hart also had six rebounds, two assists and a block.
Frostburg State was paced by James Peters, who scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting, including 4-for-8 from three-point range. He also grabbed seven boards and four assists in the winning effort. Aaron Bellamy poured in 12 points, while Jabari Kamau and Tyler Campbell each had 10 points.
Southern Virginia next competes Saturday at home with a matchup with league opponent York College of Pennsylvania. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. shortly following the women's game at Knight Sports Arena.