By Daniel Whitehead
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.—Facing St. Mary's College of Maryland for a return visit in league play, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team permitted a first half 24-5 scoring run by the Seahawks to ultimately fall, 89-61, Saturday evening at O'Brien ARC Arena in St. Mary's City, Md.
The Knights (6-14) went a respectable 16-24 (67 percent) from the free-throw line during the game and 40 percent (20-50) overall from the field but could not overcome the Seahawks' 54-percent (33-61) night and seven three-pointers despite opening the game with an eight-point lead.
Although matching the Seahawks in turnovers and points off turnovers, Southern Virginia was out-rebounded by a 45-21 margin and outscored in second-chance points, 16-4. St. Mary's also had 46 points in the paint to 26 for the Knights and 41 points off the bench to three for Southern Virginia.
Southern Virginia's Chris Baker led the team with 23 points on 8-16 shooting during the game and scored three treys in addition to a 4-5 mark from the free-throw line toward his total. The Columbia, Md., native also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal in the loss.
Junior guard Preston Eaton poured in 16 points on 4-7 shooting and converted 8-10 free throws in addition to three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Forward Wesley Evans had 10 points while Michael Price earned six.
St. Mary's was paced by forward Brendan McFall's 21 points as he went 7-11 from the field and four three-pointers in the winning effort. Troy Spurrier provided the Seahawks 20 points on 8-10 shooting while guard Donn Hill contributed 17 points throughout the game.
Southern Virginia returns home for Wednesday's Senior Night matchup with University of Mary Washington at 5:30 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena. Seniors Kenrick Hart and Kyle Lund will be honored before the game for playing one final time on their home court.