BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia men's basketball team fell short to cross-town rival Washington and Lee Tuesday night as the Generals defeated the Knights 81-73.
Three Knights reached double-digit points on the night with Sam Armstrong having a game-high 18 and added two assists and four rebounds. Jamier Cross added 13 points along with a game-high five assists as well as a game-high ten rebounds. Ricky Stafford chipped in 12 points of his own along with four assists.
Southern Virginia (0-8) came out strong, scoring the first nine points of the game. The Knights would lead the entire first half of the match, and at the 3:37 mark, Southern Virginia would maintain a ten or more point lead until halftime.
The Knights headed to the locker room up 46-31. Sam Armstrong led the team at the half with 15 of his 18 points on the night. Southern Virginia showed their dominance with their accuracy in the first half outshooting the Generals 50 percent to 7.1 percent from the three-point line and 63.6 percent from the field. Southern Virginia had the advantage of rebounds outdoing Washington and Lee 23-21.
Sam Armstrong and Ricky Stafford continued the dominance for the Knights with back-to-back three-point shots to start the second half. After a Bennett Candland jumper, Southern Virginia established a 23 point lead.
Washington and Lee (4-2) began to chip away at their deficit after a Kevin Dennin three-point shot. The Generals outscored the Knights 26-6 to even the score at 66 with seven minutes remaining in the game.
At the 13:49 mark, Washington and Lee took their first lead of the game, going up 67-66. Calvin Seamons' jump shot brought Southern Virginia's deficit to two, but the Generals survived and came out with the victory by the score of 81-73.
Washington and Lee ended the night winning the rebound game 47-43, with 17 being offensive rebounds. The General's bench outscored the Knight's bench 36-20. Southern Virginia had an impressive night shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three.
The Knights will hit the road on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to take on Eastern Mennonite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.