Men’s Basketball Falls in Heartbreaker to Wesley

Men’s Basketball Falls in Heartbreaker to Wesley

By Nick Porter 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite having the best first half of the season, scoring 42 points on 58.6% shooting, the Southern Virginia men's basketball team fell 70-66 in a heartbreaking loss to Wesley College.

The Knights (2-4, 0-2 CAC) dominated the first half, never trailing and securing a nine-point lead at the break. Their lead stayed intact until the 10:27 mark in the second half when a Wesley (2-4, 1-1 CAC) three-pointer tied the game at 54. Over the next seven minutes Wesley went on a 12-5 run and was able to hold a lead throughout the closing seconds of the half.

A high-energy Wesley defense resulted in just one Southern Virginia three-pointer in the second half and 36% shooting for the Knights, a stark contrast from the first period.

Junior forward Aarun Rumbaugh (Auburn, Wash.) led the Knights with a season-high 16 points and also had six assists and four rebounds. Freshman guard Rashay Douglas (Jaffair Kingdom of Bahrain) had his fourth-straight double-digit game from the bench with 12 points, and sophomore guard Michael Price (Temecula, Calif.) chipped in 10 points.

The Knights hit the road to Marymount on Wednesday before returning home in their final CAC game of 2016 on December 10. Wednesday's tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Arlington, Virginia.