BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team fell Wednesday night in a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) matchup, 83-55, against Christopher Newport at Knight Arena.
Quincy Jones led the Knights (1-16, 0-2 CAC) with a career-high 12 points while also adding three assists and a pair of rebounds. Sam Armstrong reached double digits scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor. Ricky Stafford led the bench with 10 points and game-highs in rebounds and assists with nine and six. Dalon McHugh anchored the Captains (13-4, 2-0 CAC), tallying a game-high 21 points.
Southern Virginia trailed early after Christopher Newport began the first eight minutes with a 20-7 run. The Knights trimmed the deficit to ten down 33-23 with 4:50 remaining in the half following a Jamier Cross three. The Captains held off the run, managing to extend to their largest lead of the game up 17 at the half, 45-28.
At the break, Armstong led the Knights with seven points while Cross and Trey Dill each added six. CNU's Cutch Ellis scored 16 points in the half to propel the Captains' offense. Christopher Newport outshot the Knights from the floor 43.6 percent (17-for-39) to 35.5 percent (11-for-31) while Southern Virginia held the upper hand from behind the arc shooting 45.5 percent (6-for-11) compared to CNU's 35.3 percent (6-for-17). The Captains held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Knights 24-13.
In the second half, after an 11-0 opening run from the captains with 15: 16 left, the Knights kept trying to chip away, but CNU continued to push its lead to put the contest out of reach to earn the 83-55 win.
On the game, Christopher Newport outshot the Knights 44.6 percent (29-for-65) to 35.1 percent (20-for-57) from the floor and held the slight advantage from three 32.3 percent (10-for-31) to 32 percent (8-for-25). The Knights dropped the rebounding battle (45-33), 2nd chance points (10-4), and points in the paint (32-14).
Southern Virginia continues CAC play on Saturday, Jan. 18, against York (Pa.) with tip-off slated for 3 p.m.