Westminster, Md. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team started the season on the road Monday night at McDaniel College, falling short 78-69.
The Green Terror (1-0, 0-0) led the entire first half, building a 27-15 lead in the middle of the first half. The Knights (0-1, 0-0-) were resilient, coming from newcomer Jamier Cross's 14 points and post player Bennett Candland's 8 points, making a run to end the half still trailing 41-33. Josh Sproul would lead the Green Terror at the half with 10 points.
The second half started how the first half ended, with the Knights going on a 10-0 run, placing Southern Virginia with their first lead of the game at 43-41. The half would vary back and forth for a vast majority up until five minutes remaining in the game. The Green Terror ended the game with a 17-4 run closing out the Knights 78-69.
The Knights Achilles heel for tonight's matchup was turnovers as the Knights totaled 27, compared to McDaniel's 15. The Knights offense was limited to only 12 assists and the bench was outscored 37-16.
The first game of the season brought out some bright spots both as a team and individually for the Knights. The team shot 58% from the field and 40% from behind the arc. Southern Virginia dominated the paint, scoring 38 points, as well as scoring 10-second chance points.
Cross would add to his 14 first-half points with 17 in the second, making his 31-point outing one of the best performances the school has seen on an opening night, shooting 12-22 from the floor and a scorching 6-9 from three. In addition to his tremendous scoring night, he recorded four rebounds and a block.
Junior Alec Johnson recorded a well-rounded game, being the only other Knight to hit double figures with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Freshman Trey Dill led the team in rebounds with seven, while Kellen Winslow led the team in assists with five.
The Green Terror had three players reach double figures in scoring, freshman Josh Sproul would end with the team-high of 18, followed by Caleb Johnson and Stephen Lang each pouring in 12.
The Knights will head to game two of their three-game road trip this Thursday, Nov. 15, as they will take on Delaware Valley at 7:00 p.m.