BUENA VISTA, Va.—
BUENA VISTA, Va.— The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team matched up against nationally ranked conference rival Salisbury University (13-2, 3-1 CAC) on Saturday afternoon. Despite being down 23 points at halftime, the Knights (4-11, 0-4 CAC) climbed back into the game but ultimately lost 86-84.
In the first half of play, the Knights were unable to gain any momentum. The Sea Gulls out-hustled, outshot and outplayed the Knights. The Knights headed into the break trailing 46-23. Jamier Cross was the only bright spot in the first half, scoring 12 of the Knights 23 total first-half points.
In the second half of action, Southern Virginia looked like a completely different team. The shots started falling, the defense kicked into gear, and the level of intensity increased drastically. The Knights slowly chipped away at the Sea Gulls lead until the 4:41 mark when a red hot Jaron Anderson buried a three-pointer to tie the game up at 72 apiece. The lead then went back-and-forth until a few untimely fouls by the Knights on Jaron Anderson and Trey Dill, giving them each their fifth personal. Without these key players on the floor, Southern Virginia continued its scrappy play attempting to finish the game strong, but fell just short as the nationally ranked No.19 Salisbury University finished with the win.
Notable performances for Southern Virginia included a solid stat line for Jamier Cross, as he racked up 18 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jaron Anderson and Alec Johnson also both came up big for the Knights as Johnson scored 14 points and Anderson added 17 off the bench, including 16 in the second half. Forward Trey Dill contributed by pulling down 12 boards to go along with nine points.
Southern Virginia continues their conference homestand as they will host the Captains of Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, Jan. Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Knight Arena.