By Daniel Whitehead
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—Despite playing an equal second half to host No. 15 Mary Washington, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team was defeated by a 113-79 score Thursday night at the Anderson Center in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Knights (4-9) put up respectable numbers from the field by shooting 49 percent overall (28-for-57) and 56 percent from three-point range (10-of-18), but 31 turnovers by the Knights led to a controlled attack by the Eagles, who managed 82 shot attempts to the Knights' 57.
Mary Washington (14-2) finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field (42-of-82) and scored 23 three-pointers in addition to 35 points off Knight turnovers. The Eagles also earned 14 offensive rebounds leading to 17 second-chance points while Southern Virginia was not able to score off eight offensive boards. The 23 three-pointers by Mary Washington set a new school record for a single game.
"We actually didn't play all that terrible as we shot the ball fairly well and grabbed a good amount of rebounds," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "It's hard to stop 69 points coming off 23 three-pointers. It was one of those games that no matter what you did on defense they were going to hit from the outside. Any loss is frustrating, but we did play a pretty good team tonight."
Center Ben Canevari earned a season-high 20 points to lead the Knights as he went 8-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. The Murray, Utah, native also grabbed five rebounds, one assist and a block during the game.
Coming off the bench, junior guard Preston Eaton scored 14 points while forward Wesley Evans poured in 13 points for Southern Virginia. Cody Hosier, getting his first start of the year, scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, including two treys.
Mary Washington was paced by guard Bradley Riester's 20 points, 18 of those coming from six three-pointers on the night. Guard Dom Morra scored 19 points for the Eagles, while Dajon Daniel contributed 18.
Southern Virginia resumes play in the Capital Athletic Conference with a Saturday afternoon game at home with No. 12 Wesley College. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.