BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University Men's basketball team fell 72-69 in the final seconds of a home matchup against the Frostburg State Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Jamier Cross fueled the Knights (4-10, 0-3) in the first half with an efficient eleven points on 5-8 shooting. The Knights led by as many as six in the first eleven minutes, but the Bobcats rallied to take a 27-26 lead on a 3-pointer by Lawrence Pettis with 5:50 remaining in the half. Sam Armstrong provided the Knights with a spark off the bench with seven quick points including an and-one basket, but key performances from several players helped Frostburg State (7-6, 3-0) weather the storm and enter halftime with a 40-34 lead.
The Knights scrapped their way back into the game in the second half, eventually taking a 49-48 lead on a Trey Dill layup with 13:34 remaining. Southern Virginia held onto their lead until the 9-minute mark when a pair of Bobcat free throws tied the game at 59-59. The game was tight from that point on with five lead changes and one tie, until a Daniel Alexander layup with just under two-and-a-half minutes left gave Frostburg State a one-point lead they would never relinquish.
Two empty possessions by the Knights allowed the Bobcats to call a timeout in the final minute and draw up a play that resulted in a devastating alley-oop dunk by Edwin Cole with just 0:44 remaining. Trailing by three, Southern Virginia had one final chance to score with 11-seconds on the clock after Frostburg State missed the front-end of a 1-1 free throw. The Knights corralled the rebound and pushed the ball up the court, but were unable to get a clean look at the basket and Alec Johnson's desperation off-balance three-pointer fell short, giving the Bobcats the 72-69 win.
Jamier Cross led the Knights in scoring, finishing the game with 16 points. Three other Southern Virginia players finished the game in double figures: Trey Dill with 11 points and seven rebounds, Tyler McCreadie with 10 points and six rebounds, and Sam Armstrong who made a big impact off the bench with 13 points and five boards.
Three Frostburg State players finished with double-doubles, as Edwin Cole lead the Bobcats with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Torrin Stephens finished with 12 points and 11 boards, and Lawrence Pettis scored 12 points while dishing out 10 assists. Daniel Alexander also finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The Knights return to action on January 12th at 3 p.m in the Knight Arena as they continue their conference homestand against the Seagulls of Salisbury University.