NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team's late-game heroics came up just short of giving them their first conference win of the season, falling 67-64 on Wednesday evening.
In the first half, the Knights (4-18, 0-11 CAC) and the No. 16 Captains (19-3, 9-2 CAC) were in a tight-knit battle. After several lead changes, Southern Virginia took a 31-27 lead into the locker room.
The Captains opened up the second half of play on an 11-0 run before a made layup by Jamier Cross at the 13:37 mark gave the Knights their first points of the half.
Late in the second half at the 1:01 mark, a bucket by the Captains gave them a seven point lead, 62-55. Then, a pair of made three's by Sam Armstrong and a third by Jaron Anderson at the 0:03 mark put the Knights down by 1.
The Knights were forced to foul the Captains, who made both free throws giving Southern Virginia the ball back with three seconds to play. Jaron Anderson had a clean look at the basket, but his attempt fell short off the front rim handing the Knights their 13th straight loss of the season, 67-64.
Jamier Cross was the leading scorer for Southern Virginia finishing the game with 19 points and seven assists. Trey Dill also had a solid outing, posting a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Jason Aigner of Christopher Newport was the high scorer for the game finishing with 27 points including five three-pointers.
The Knights continue CAC action as they travel to Salisbury University on the 9th of February with tip-off beginning at 3 p.m.