By Daniel Whitehead
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Down by single digits with under three minutes remaining, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team ran out of time to complete a comeback as Christopher Newport earned a 91-76 victory Monday night at the Freeman Center in Newport News, Va.
The Knights (4-12) trailed just 35-30 at the break, but were outscored 56-46 in the second half as the Captains snuck away for the win. Southern Virginia nearly matched Newport in shot percentage, 52 percent (28-54) to the Captains' 57 percent (32-56), but 14 Knight turnovers led to 25 points in transition for Newport while the Knights earned just eight points off 11 Captain turnovers.
Southern Virginia finished 14-of-19 from the free-throw line (74 percent), but Newport ended the game at 77 percent (20-26) from the stripe to secure the win.
"The game was closer than the final score indicates," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "Their center, Tim Daly, had a career night and we have to give credit to him for that. It seems like all of our opponents have one guy go off on us when we play them. We played well for most of the game but didn't get the stops when we needed them."
Junior Preston Eaton led the Knights with 19 points on 8-17 shooting with three treys while contributing four boards and three assists. Midyear transfer Kenrick Hart provided 15 points going 6-7 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range, while junior guard Chris Baker scored 12 points on three buckets and 6-6 free throws.
Christopher Newport was paced by Tra Benefield's 22 points as he went 7-11 from the field and converted seven of nine free throws. Center Tim Daly had 20 points from seven baskets, while Connor Laframboise and Mike Cherry provided 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Southern Virginia continues league play with a Wednesday night game at Marymount. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. in Arlington, Va.