By Paul Monson
SALISBURY, Md.— The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team fell short in their final game of the season, 78-64 to Salisbury University on Saturday Afternoon.
The Knights (11-14, 6-12 CAC) opened up the game strong as they took a 21-12 lead with 12:20 remaining in the first half of play. The Seagulls (17-8, 13-5 CAC), however, managed to take a three-point lead heading into the locker room.
The Knights were able to keep it relatively close in the second half until a series of consecutive buckets by the Seagulls left Southern Virginia down by 15 with 9:02 remaining in the game. While the Knights fought hard to the end, Salisbury didn't let up and held on for the win.
In the final collegiate game of his career, Senior Cale Thornton had a huge game for the Knights with 26 points on 12-13 shooting in only 23 minutes of play. Justin Prisbey chipped in 10 points and Aaron Rumbaugh added six points and eight rebounds to help the Knights.
The Knights managed to outrebound the Seagulls 38 to 23 for the game and dominated the points in the paint battle, as they outscored Salisbury 38 to 22 down low. While the two teams both shot a similar field goal percentages for the game (49.1% for the Knights and 50.8% for Salisbury), the Seagulls hit 11 three-pointers on 44% shooting, while the Knights were only able to put in three from behind the arc on 25% shooting. Turnovers plagued the Knights all game, as they gave away the ball 23 times which led to 19 points for Seagulls.
Southern Virginia finishes the season with 11 wins, double the win total of last year.