By Daniel Whitehead
ARLINGTON, Va.—Hoping to reverse fortunes after Marymount University snapped the Knights' 28-game homecourt winning streak last November, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team came up short as the Saints earned a 79-64 victory Wednesday night at Verizon Sports Arena in Arlington, Va.
The Knights (4-13) suffered a cold night shooting from the floor, going 40 percent (22-55) overall and 6-19 (.316) from three-point range while Marymount finished the game at 52 percent overall (32-61) from the field.
Although the schools were matched fairly evenly between points off turnovers, second-chance points and fast-break points, Marymount was dominant in points in the paint (50 to Southern Virginia's 18) and points from the bench (30 to the Knights' six).
Southern Virginia trailed by just five at the half, 30-25, despite shooting 33 percent (9-27), but the Saints managed a 49-39 scoring advantage in the second half to pull away for the win.
"We played some great defense in the first half but our shots weren't falling," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "In the second half they came out and wore us down and beat us inside. It was evident we were tired from our game Monday night and the extensive traveling between the games. It was a good effort on our part but we got beat by a good team."
Junior Chris Baker led Southern Virginia with 19 points on six baskets, including three treys, and contributing a team-high six rebounds, an assist and five steals. Guard Preston Eaton went for 16 points on 7-15 shooting to go with a team-high four assists.
Marymount was propelled by senior forward Reed Scott's 18 points as he scored a team-high eight buckets to go with 11 rebounds to earn a double-double for the night. Tim Brisco scored 14 points, while guard Jesse Konadu earned 11.
The Knights continue conference play with a Saturday afternoon game at Penn State Harrisburg. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. in Harrisburg, Pa