Men’s Basketball Overcome by No. 12 Wesley College

By Daniel Whitehead   

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Facing a second straight ranked opponent in under three days, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team was defeated at home by No. 12 Wesley College, 84-65, Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

The Knights (4-10) had a rough day shooting as they combined for 34 percent from the field (21-for-62), including a 23 percent (7-for-30) first half in which the Wolverines (15-1, 8-1 CAC) raced to a commanding 45-26 by the half. Southern Virginia was also outscored in the paint by a 32-22 margin and managed only 14 points from the bench while Wesley tallied 29 bench points.

Southern Virginia forced 19 Wolverine turnovers and was able to convert them into 18 points in transition while also scoring 11 second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds.

Junior Preston Eaton led the Knights with 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go with a 5-for-8 mark from the stripe and two assists. Junior Ben Canevari had a strong presence for Southern Virginia by registering 16 points on seven buckets for the afternoon as well as four rebounds and one assist.

Newcomer Kenrick Hart contributed 12 points for the Knights while junior Wesley Evans and freshman Michael Price each scored nine points.

Wesley was led by center David Langan, who scored 22 points by going 9-for-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. A dominant presence in the post, he also had 16 rebounds, including five offensive boards, against the Knights to go with an assist and two blocks. Coming off the bench, A.J. Tilghman scored 19 points while Brandin Youngblood and Wayne Lennon had respective point totals of 13 and 11.

Southern Virginia resumes play in the Capital Athletic Conference with a Wednesday night game at Christopher Newport. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. in Newport News, Va.