LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team picked up a solid nonconference win on Saturday, defeating Randolph College by a score of 87-68.
The Knights (4-5) went back-and-forth with the WildCats (4-6) for the entire first period, going into halftime break with a two-point lead at 42-40. Center Tyler McCreadie dominated the half, scoring 18 points on 9-10 shooting with five rebounds, while Alec Johnson scored 10 points.
Opening up the second period, Southern Virginia went on a 14-3 run to take a 56-43 advantage, a lead they eventually extended to 69-49. The Knights would never come close to relinquishing the commanding lead as they go into winter break winning three of their last four contests.
The difference in the game was shooting as Southern Virginia posted a 53.1% field goal percentage while the WildCats shot just 36.0% form the floor. The Knights also shared the ball well, with 18 of their 34 made baskets coming off assists.
McCreadie had an outstanding game and filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and three steals. Johnson flirted with a triple-double, posting 20 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Freshman Trey Dill turned it on in the second half and finished with his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as well as shooting 4-6 from behind the arc. Also with a big second half was Jamier Cross, who scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists to go along with another SportsCenter-worthy dunk.
After a two-week break, the Knights will return to action on Friday, December 28th at the Shenandoah Tournament. Tipoff against Eastern will be at 5:00 p.m. in Winchester, Va.