Buena Vista, Va.—The Southern Virginia University Men's basketball team earned a physical non-conference win 75-69 over Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights (3-5), came out of the gate a bit slow, giving up a 14-4 lead to the Lions (4-5) seven minutes into the game. At that point, Southern Virginia started to slowly chip away at the Lions lead until the 7:32 mark when Trey Dill hit a mid-range jumper to take a 19-18 lead. The Knights and Lions traded baskets for a few more minutes until the 4:54 mark when some big three-pointers by the Knights put them up by nine. Southern Virginia managed to take a five-point lead into the half.
Southern Virginia started the second half on fire, building up a lead that made it all the way to 20 on a big three-point jump shot by Jamier Cross with 6:38 left in the game. Soon after, EMU started slowly chiseling away at the lead as they tried to get back into the game. Fortunately for the Knights, they did just enough down the stretch to hang on to their lead, ultimately winning the game 75-69.
Trey Dill led the way for Southern Virginia, as he scored 18 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, and sparked the Knights first half run that gave them the lead they never relinquished. Jamier Cross and Alec Johnson also had solid outings as they put up 17 and 13 points respectively. Senior, Michael Neufville came off the bench and played a major role in the Knights win. Neufville scored 16 points to go along with four blocks, that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Southern Virginia looks to start up a win streak as they head to Lynchburg to take on the Wildcats of Randolph College. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.