Winchester, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team matched up in a neutral court non-conference game against the Eagles of Eastern University on Friday evening. The Knights fought hard but fell short by a score of 86-69.
In the first half of action, the Knights came out strong. As a team, they managed to shoot 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the three-point line. Jamier Cross was a big part of the Southern Virginia's strong first-half performance as he scored 14 points and knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the opening half. Heading into the locker room the Knights led the way 42-39.
Unfortunately for Southern Virginia, the second half of play did not go anything like the first. The Knights cooled off as their field goal percentage dropped to 33 percent and only 10 percent from the three-point line. The Eagles, on the other hand, heated up as they increased their field goal percentage from 48percent in the first half, to an impressive 65 percent in the second. This tough second half by the Eagles ultimately downed the Knights 86-69.
Jamier Cross led the way for Southern Virginia as he finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals. There were three other Knights that finished in double figures. Tyler McCreadie ended the game with 13 points, while Alec Johnson and Trey Dill each chipped in 10 points and five rebounds apiece.
The Knights return to action tomorrow, the 29th of December, as they will compete in the second day of the Shenandoah Tournament in the tournament consolation game, tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. against Shenandoah University.