Knights Heartbroken by Spartans

Knights Heartbroken by Spartans

By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va. – Of the seven men's basketball games this season that have taken place in the Knight Sports Arena, six of them have been decided by five points or less. Saturday afternoon was no different as the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team found themselves on the wrong side of a 60-57 decision against York College of Pennsylvania.

In a game that was much different than the last time these two teams met – when the Knights fell by the largest margin of the year, 100-60, on the road – the result ended up being the same.

Southern Virginia (3-16, 1-11 CAC) jumped to an early lead in the first half, and held York (12-7, 7-5 CAC) to just 10 points through nearly 15 minutes of play. At one point the Knights led by 16, but took a nine-point lead into the intermission.

Both teams traded a few baskets early in the second half before the Spartans went on a 13-0 run in 3:21 to bring the game within one. The final twelve minutes included three ties and five lead changes in a physical battle.

With two minutes left York hit a three pointer to extend its lead to five, its largest of the game. With ten seconds to go a Rashay Douglas (Jaffair Kingdom of Bahrain) three-pointer brought the Knights within one. The Spartans made a pair of free throws to lead by three, and Douglas' last-second three-point attempt was no good.

Southern Virginia left some points on the line, shooting 56.5% from the line overall (43% in the second half). The Knights did outshoot York from three, knocking down six treys compared to the Spartans' four.

Freshman center Tyler McCreadie (North Bend, Wash.) led the Knights with 13 points from the bench. Junior Aarun Rumbaugh (Auburn, Wash.) recorded 12 points and six rebounds while Chris Richardson led all players with five steals and three assists.

Douglas finished with eight points and a trio of assists. Sophomore Michael Price (Temecula, Calif.) chipped in nine points and grabbed four boards. Freshman Alec Johnson (Herriman, Utah) led the team with seven rebounds. 

The Knights continue their three-game home stand on Wednesday, February 1 against Marymount. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Knight Sports Arena.