Men’s Basketball Drops League Contest at Salisbury

By Daniel Whitehead

SALISBURY, Md.—Going toe-to-toe with host Salisbury University for the majority of the game, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team permitted a Seagull run midway through the second half for Salisbury to claim an 81-72 victory Monday afternoon in Salisbury, Md.

The Knights (4-8) trailed by just one, 30-29, at the half and took the lead early in the second half, but the Seagulls (6-9) later regained momentum en route to the win. Although Southern Virginia went 12-of-13 from the stripe (92 percent) and 46 percent from the field, the team finished 6-for-20 from three-point range (30 percent) to alter the outcome of the game.

Southern Virginia had 19 turnovers while the Seagulls committed just 10 throughout the course of the game. The Knights were also docked with 25 personal fouls and Salisbury only 14 as the Seagulls shot 21-for-29 (72 percent) from the charity stripe. Southern Virginia did out-rebound the Seagulls, 34-19, including 14 offensive boards to just four for Salisbury.

Midyear transfer Kenrick Hart led the Knights with 17 points during the game on 4-of-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line and had four rebounds, an assist and a steal in the loss.

Freshman guard Michael Price finished the game with 15 points for the Knights on 7-of-12 shooting and had five rebounds, an assist, a block and two steals in 31 minutes of play.  Center Ben Canevari contributed 13 points in the post, while guard Preston Eaton finished with 10 points and tied Wesley Evans with six rebounds for the outing.

Salisbury was led by guard Tim Harwood, who scored 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 3-for-4 from three-point range, while Gordon Jeter registered 17 points.

Southern Virginia resumes play in the Capital Athletic Conference with a Wednesday night matchup at Mary Washington. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Fredericksburg, Va.