IMMACULATA, Pa. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team topped Immaculata University on the road 80-77 Saturday afternoon, recording Head Coach Greg Winslow's first win at the helm of the Knights.
The Knights (1-2) in the first half unleashed an impressive repertoire on the offense, shooting 17-27, a 63 percent clip. The Knights capitalized on the long ball making 11 three-point baskets at an unconscious 78.9 percent, giving the lead at half 46-29.
Junior Sam Armstrong was the catalyst scoring 17 of his 22 points on the day in the first half with 6-6 from the field and being perfect from deep going 5-5. Sophomore Jaron Anderson added 11 points in the first half.
In the second half the team's roles would switch, the Knights were outscored 48-34. Southern Virginia cooled off shooting from the field but still managed to shoot 41.7 percent for the half. The Mighty Macs would shoot 53.1 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from three.
Late in the second half, the Mighty Macs would surge back from being down seventeen points to take a two-point lead on a made three-pointer with 1:15 remaining in the game. The next possession Jamier Cross answered with a made three-pointer, now giving the Knights a one-point lead.
After a made Alec Johnson free-throw and leading 76-72, the Mighty Macs would make two free-throws pulling them within two, 76-74. Immaculata would be forced to foul with 16 seconds remaining, resulting in Armstrong going to the line for two shots, he would go on to make both free throws.
After the made free throws, the Mighty Macs would hurry down the floor and connect on a Mike Piekarski three-pointer, making the score 78-77 with 10 seconds on the clock. The Mighty Macs would foul Cross, who would go perfect from the line, making both free throw attempts with the score now 80-77.
Immaculata would have one last chance to tie the game. The Knights defense would close out the game making the game-tying shot difficult, giving Southern Virginia the 80-77 victory.
The Knights would have four players score in double-figures, Armstrong (22), Trey Dill (18), Cross with (14) and Anderson (13).
Alec Johnson would lead the Knights in rebounds with 8 and assists with three.