Late Run Gives Knights Edge Over Eagles in First CAC Win

Late Run Gives Knights Edge Over Eagles in First CAC Win

By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team earned their first Capital Athletic Conference win of the season Wednesday night with a 55-50 victory of the University of Mary Washington. 

After the Eagles (7-7, 3-4 CAC) extended their seven-point halftime lead to nine within the first four minutes of the second half, the Knights (3-11, 1-6 CAC) went on a 25-11 point run to close out the game and win by five.

Southern Virginia only hit one three-pointer during the game, and shot nearly 39% from the field, but recorded a season-low nine turnovers, with only three in the second half.  

Mary Washington shot only 31% from the field and was held to just 18 points in the second period.

"Our defense was tremendous in the second half," head coach Tony Caputo commented, "part of the reason is that we took care of the ball and didn't have a lot of turnovers to defend." 

Chris Richardson an Rashay Douglas each recorded 10 points on the night. Cale Thornton pulled down seven rebounds and chipped in seven points while Aarun Rumbaugh contributed seven points and six boards in the win. Each Knight who saw the floor was able to score.

The Knights are searching for their first win streak as they head to St. Mary's College of Maryland Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.