By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Hoping to come out on top to finish the 2013-14 campaign, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team suffered a close 86-82 loss to host York College of Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon at Charles Wolf Gymnasium in York, Pa.
The Knights (6-16) dug themselves into a hole in the opening half as the Spartans gradually built a lead and went into the break with a 43-33 advantage. Southern Virginia shot just 36 percent (10-28) over the first 20 minutes, was able to improve to 50 percent (16-32) in the second half, but York held on through the final moments to claim the win.
"We got too far behind in the first half and got caught thinking we'd be able to make up for it in the second," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "We can only blame ourselves for the loss. We had better focus in the second half and rebounded the ball better, but the poor first half was too much to climb back."
Junior guard Chris Baker paced Southern Virginia with 20 points during the game on 6-17 shooting from the field and scored 6-7 from the free-throw line. Fellow guard Preston Eaton contributed 18 points for the Knights with five buckets and seven free throws, while Kenrick Hart played his final game for Southern Virginia scoring 16 points on 5-8 shooting from the field.
The Spartans were led by Matt McNeely's 29 points on 8-9 shooting while Mike Mathews and Evan Crosby put in respective totals of 13 and 10 points. York was also dominant in the paint, outscoring the Knights by a 50-32 margin throughout the game.