Men's Basketball Falls in Conference Opener

Men's Basketball Falls in Conference Opener

Middletown, PA.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team opened up conference action on Wednesday evening as they traveled to Pennsylvania to take on the Nittany Lions of Penn St.-Harrisburg. The Knights battled all the way down the stretch but were ultimately routed by the Nittany Lions 70-57.

In the first half of action, both teams came out of the gate a bit slow from the field. The Knights shot only 24 percent from the field and 23 percent from the three-point line while Penn St. Harrisburg shot 32 percent and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The teams headed into the locker room tied up at 22 apiece.

Both teams raised their game in the second half as the Knights increased their field goal percentage to 39 percent and 40 percent from deep. Unfortunately for Southern Virginia, the Nittany Lions came out even hotter than the Knights did as they heated up to 59 percent from the field and 62 percent from downtown. This hot shooting ended up being too much for the Knights as Penn St. took home the win 70-57.

Jaron Anderson made his return tonight from injury for Southern Virginia as he came off the bench and scored 17 points. Jamier Cross also had a solid outing for the Knights, putting up 14 points on the evening. Sam Armstrong provided a spark for Southern Virginia coming off the bench to hit a pair of threes.

The Knights continue conference play on the 5th of January as they will head back to Pennsylvania to take on York (Pa.). The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.