BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team suffered a 108-88 loss against Pfeiffer University Wednesday night at Knight Area.
Jamier Cross recorded a career-high 32 points (12-for-19), including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc while adding six rebounds and three assists. Sam Armstrong scored 22 points with four rebounds and four assists while Trey Dill notched his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Kimball Cottam led the Southern Virginia bench with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Knights (0-6) and Falcons (3-2) battled back-and-forth early in the first half. With 14:39 remaining in the half, Southern Virginia led 13-12 before the Pfeiffer opened up a 9-0 run to now lead 21-13. The Knights responded with a run of their own, bringing them to within one, 22-21, with 10:18 left.
After trailing by as much as 11 midway through the first half, Southern Virginia fought its way back to take a 39-38 edge just over four minutes left in the half. The Falcons kept with the Knights and ended the half with a 16-3 run to head into halftime up 54-41.
Cross propelled the Southern Virginia offense in the first half with 20 points. Armstrong and Cottam added nine points each while Taylan Rowe led the Falcons with eight points.
The Knights shot 51.6 percent (16-for-31) from the field and 50 percent (7-for-14) from deep in the half compared to the Falcons' 48.7 percent (19-for39) from the floor and 40 percent (10-for-29) from behind the arc. Despite the strong offense from the Knights, turnovers kept the Falcons close as they only committed one turnover while forcing 11 Southern Virginia turnovers.
In the second half, Pfeiffer continued where they left off, building upon their lead. The Knights were unable to regroup in the second half and trim the Falcons lead, eventually falling 108-88.
The Knights shot 41.7 percent (15-for-36) from the floor in the half and 33.3 percent (2-for-6) from three. The Falcons' shooting improved on the half shooting 54.5 percent (18-for-33) from the field and also shot 33.3 percent (6-for18).
Southern Virginia outperformed Pfeiffer on the boards (44-36) and second-chance points (22-11).
The Falcons connected 16 times from deep compared to the Knights nine and won the turnover battle (7-19) and bench points (57-19).
The Knights continue their three-game homestand this Saturday on Nov. 23 against Whittier with tip-off slated for a 4 p.m. start time.