By Nick Porter
NEWARK, N.J.—The Southern Virginia men's basketball team earned itself a spot in the championship game of the John K. Adams Tip-Off Classic with a 59-56 win over host Rutgers-Newark Friday night, before falling 80-69 to No. 5 Tufts on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights (1-2) had four players in double-digits on Friday; Tyler McCreadie led the way with 11 points. The Knights held on to a three-point lead at the half, as both teams scored 34 points in the second period.
Both teams had nearly equal shooting, but Southern Virginia was able to sink an extra three-pointer and two extra free throws.
Tufts, who earned the fifth spot in the d3hoops.com preseason poll, won their Friday-night game by ten, to enter the championship game with the Knights on Saturday.
After the first half of play, Southern Virginia trailed the Jumbos 35-28. During the second half Tufts extended their lead to 17. Just minutes later the Knights went on a 15-3 run to cut the lead to three points with 3:32 remaining.
The Jumbos then hit back-to-back three pointers to put the game just out of reach and win 80-69.
Freshman guard Rashay Douglas (Juffair Kingdom of Bahrain) led all scorers with 18 points. Junior center Cale Thornton (Lyman, Maine) and freshman guard Chris Richardson (Jacksonville, Fla.) each chipped in 11 points. Thornton added a team-high seven rebounds.
The Knights had their season-low 13 turnovers, but Tufts shot 48.5% compared to Southern Virginia's 38.7%.
The team returns home for a 3 p.m. home opener on Tuesday, November 22 against Newport News Apprentice.
Photo courtesy of Shelby Price.