Knights Fall in Battle to Panthers

Knights Fall in Battle to Panthers

By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia men's basketball team lost a well-fought contest to non-conference opponent Ferrum College on Monday, falling 70-67 to the Panthers.

The Knights (2-9) scored the first 11 points of the game and continued to hold onto the lead until the six-minute mark, when Ferrum (7-6) hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 23. The Panthers outscored the Knights by eight points to close out the half.

Ferrum led by as much as 13 in the second half, but the Knights were able to cut the lead to three with just under a minute to play. The Panthers hit a free throw before Aarun Rumbaugh hit a jumper to bring the game within two with 12 seconds left.

The Knights were forced to foul, and Ferrum connected his pair of free throws to lead by four with eight seconds left. Although Rashay Douglas was fouled on his three-point attempt with two seconds to go, the Knights weren't able to claw their way back.

Rumbaugh finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds. Douglas added 11 points from the bench, and Michael Price chipped in 10 points. Center Cale Thornton also pulled down seven rebounds and had nine points.

The Knights were unable to connect on any of their eight three-point attempts. The Panthers, on the other hand, hit nine three pointers in the first half, and finished with 12 treys.

Southern Virginia had a season-low 12 turnovers in the contest.

Head Coach Tony Caputo and the Knights resume Capital Athletic Conference play on Thursday, heading to Penn St.-Harrisburg for an 8 p.m. tipoff.