By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team suffered a nail-biting loss Wednesday night against Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State. The Knights outscored the Bobcats in the second half, but lost 73-74.
Both teams battled hard in the fairly low-scoring first half, with the Knights (3-13, 1-8 CAC) leading by as many as three, and the Bobcats (4-12, 3-6 CAC) leading by as many as eight. By the intermission, Frostburg had secured a four-point lead.
Although Southern Virginia was unable to retake the lead, the Knights tied the game on a four-point play by Rashay Douglas, with 13:12 left in the game. Frostburg then went on an 18-5 run over the course of six minutes to take a 13-point lead.
Sam Armstrong was the Knights' answer as he came into the game and hit two three-pointers to cut the lead to single digits. After a pair of free throws for the Knights, and two buckets for the Bobcats, Southern Virginia went on a 10-0 run to bring the game within one.
Both teams traded baskets twice before the Knights' final possession with 12 seconds to go. A heavily guarded Rashay Douglas was unable to hit the game winning jump shot and Southern Virginia fell, 73-74.
The Knights had 17 turnovers in the contest, eight more than their opponent. The teams were nearly even from the field, but the Bobcats sunk nine treys compared to Southern Virginia's five.
Douglas finished with 16 points, just behind team-leader Chris Richardson, who had a career-high of 17 points as well as a trio of assists and rebounds. Both big men, Tyler McCreadie and Cale Thornton, earned double-doubles on the night, with 10 boards apiece. They finished with 10 and 12 points, respectively.
Armstrong's six points marks a new season-high for the local freshman. Aarun Rumbaugh finished the game with eight points, a game-high five assists and two steals.
Southern Virginia heads to Dover, Delaware to face Wesley College on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.