NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team fell by 14 to the Captains of Christopher Newport University on Wednesday night, 76-62. Senior forward Aarun Rumbaugh recorded a career-high 24 points on 12-24 shooting from the field.
The Knights (9-13, 4-11 CAC) secured the tipoff and scored on their first possession, but CNU (17-5, 11-4 CAC) tied the game at two and then took a 5-4 lead that would never be relinquished. The Captains led by as many as 15 late in the first half and took a 36-27 lead at the intermission.
Twenty of Rumbaugh's 24 points came in the second half as the Knights tried to cut the Captains' lead, but weren't able to get over the hump.
One big difference in the game came from behind the arc. Southern Virginia was unable to connect from downtown in seven attempts, while Christopher Newport drained 12 treys, accounting for nearly half of the team's points.
Rumbaugh pulled down six rebounds to go along with four steals and three assists. Cale Thornton chipped in 16 points while grabbing eight boards and blocking three shots. Justin Prisbrey got the start and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and had 14 points.
The Knights will play two of their remaining three games at home, starting with senior day which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 against St. Mary's (Md.). Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. in the Knight Sports Arena.