By Paul Monson
BUENA VISTA, Va. – Southern Virginia University seniors Cale Thornton and Aarun Rumbaugh combined for 34 points Wednesday night to help boost the men's basketball team to a 73-64 win over Capital Athletic Conference rival Marymount University.
The Knights (9-11, 4-9 CAC) came out firing to take a 7-0 lead right out of the gate. They continued their hot shooting, 50% from the field in the first half, and strong defense to take a 33-22 lead going into the break.
The Saints (6-14, 5-8 CAC) struck back in the second half to cut the lead all the way down to 2 midway through the period. While the Saints continued to make runs, the Knights never relinquished their lead, and eventually extended it 11 points with three minutes remaining. Marymount gave it one last final effort, but the Knights held on for their second-straight win.
Center Cale Thornton led the Knights with 18 points and seven rebounds, including a few crucial buckets down the stretch. Aarun Rumbaugh also had a big game, almost putting up a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Jaron Anderson and Justin Prisbrey provided a big spark for the Knights, coming off the bench to score 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Free throw shooting was a key factor in the Knights win, as they made 14 more free throws than the Saints (25-31 compared to the Saints' 11-23), a whopping 33 percent difference. Field goal percentage was the same story as Southern Virginia shot eight percent better than Marymount. The Knights finished the game 22-46 including four triples.
The Knights next game will be held at York (Pa.) on Saturday, Feb. 3. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.