Men’s Basketball Loses Close Battle with No. 19 Mary Washington

By Laura Tome

BUENA VISTA, Va.—In a tightly contested battle that feature eight lead changes and two ties, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team kept it close with visiting Mary Washington but fell by a final score of 103-97 Wednesday night at Knight Sports Arena.

The Knights (6-15) ended the half in the lead with a score of 45-43 but a drought in the second allowed the Eagles to pull ahead and claim the victory.

Southern Virginia shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and 57 percent for the game, 46 percent from three-point range in the first half and 50 percent to end the game. The Knights were aggressive on defense, allowing 42 free-throw attempts for the Eagles that resulted in 29 points. Meanwhile, the Knights failed to capitalize on free throws in the second half as they went 6-13 in the final 20 minutes.

In his last home competition, senior Kenrick Hart led the Knights with a career high of 32 points on 7-7 free throws, going 5-7 from the arc and 10-14 from the field. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also tallied five boards, four assists, one block and a steal for the night.

Chris Baker poured in 20 points, as he was 8-15 from the court, 3-8 on threes and 1-2 from the stripe. Junior Preston Eaton totaled 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal.

From the bench, Michael Price contributed 15 points on 5-6 field goals, 2-2 from the arc and 3-10 free throws. The freshman guard also added three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Ben Canevari added six points and four rebounds, Wesley Evans put in five point  and had four boards and Cody Hosier added three points and one rebound from the bench.

All five starters for the Eagles shot in double digits. Senior guard Dajon Daniel led the Eagles as he totaled 26 points on 10-11 field goals and 6-10 free throws. Bradley Riester cashed in 25 points on 8-16 field goals, going 4-9 from the arc and 5-5 on charity points.

Dylan Farinet, Taylor Johnson and Dom Morra added 16, 15 and 11 points respectively.

The Knights hit the road to face York College (Pa.) for their last competition of the season on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. in York, Pa.