BUENA VISTA, Va. – An undefeated and fast-flowing York College of Pennsylvania offense topped the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team 85-69 on Saturday, marking the best start in Spartans' history, and giving the Knights their fourth Capital Athletic Conference defeat.
York (13-0, 5-0 CAC) jumped to an 11-4 lead before the Knights (7-6, 2-4 CAC) took a 13-11 lead with a 9-0 run. The largest lead for Southern Virginia came minutes later on a Cale Thornton bucket to put the Knights up 23-16.
The Spartans fought back and retook the lead with 3:31 left in the half and closed out the period with a 12-5 run to take a five-point lead into the intermission.
The Knights struggled to score in the second half, and their 48.6% shooting in the first half dropped to 35.5%.
A tough Southern Virginia defense forced 16 turnovers and swiped eight steals, while only turning the ball over nine times. The Spartans won the battle on the boards, pulling down 42 rebounds compared to the Knights' 28.
Justin Prisbrey led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, 16 of which came in the first half; he also pulled down a team-high six rebounds and dished four assists.
Alec Johnson was the only other Knight in double-digits, finishing with 11 points and four assists. Kellen Winslow, Sam Armstrong, and Tyler McCreadie each chipped in seven points. Senior Aarun Rumbaugh had four points to go along with a team-high five assists and five boards.
Thornton, who also pulled down five rebounds, left the game in the first half with a minor injury and did not return.
The Knights will look for their third CAC win of the year as they play host to Christopher Newport on Wednesday in the Knight Sports Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., after the women's game.