Slow Start Gives Shenandoah Upper Hand Over the Knights

Slow Start Gives Shenandoah Upper Hand Over the Knights

WINCHESTER, Va.— The Southern Virginia men's basketball team concluded the Shenandoah Holiday Tournament Saturday evening losing to Shenandoah University 83-62.

In the first half, the Knights (4-7) could not find a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball, shooting just 25 percent from the field, 7.7 percent from behind the arc shooting 1-13, and 54.5 percent from the foul line.

The Hornets (4-7) defense was successful in speeding up the Knight offense causing 12 turnovers in the first half. The Knights were unable to keep themselves in the game despite leading the rebounding battle 24-14. Southern Virginia would head into the half down 37-23.

The second half was an improvement for the Knights, as they improved to 43.3 percent shooting and making 33.3 percent of their shots from outside. The Knights would limit the Hornets to shooting 8.3 percent from three.

The Hornets Christopher Chaney led all scorers and rebounders with 35 points and 12 rebounds respectively.

For Southern Virginia three players reach double-figures in scoring with Jamier Cross's 14 points a team-high, junior Neil Davis scored 11 points with a team-high nine rebounds, with Alec Johnson adding 10 points.

The Knights were outshot by their opponent 44.1 percent to 33.9 percent. Both teams shot poorly from outside combining for 11-50, and the Hornets shooting 68.4 percent compared to the Knights 60.9. The Knights won the rebounding totals 46-39 and second-chance points 12-8.

Southern Virginia will now begin conference play, starting on the road at Penn St.-Harrisburg Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m.