BUENA VISTA, Va. – Southern Virginia scored the final 11 points of the first half to open up a 33-20 lead before holding off a furious McDaniel second-half rally for a 69-54 non-conference men's basketball victory on Saturday.
Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) led the Green Terror (2-8) with his first collegiate double-double, pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds to go with 11 points. He also added five assists.
Kellen Winslow netted 17 points to lead the Knights (6-5), who had four starters reach double figures in the scoring column.
Jumpers from Cale Thornton and Alec Johnson staked Southern Virginia to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 2:38 before two Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) free throws gave McDaniel its first points nearly five minute into the game.
A DJ Harper (Glenn Dale, Md./Riverdale Baptist) layup tied the game with 14:51 to play.
An Isaiah Denard (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) 3-pointer around two Aarun Rumbaugh baskets coupled with a McWilliams layup gave the Green Terror a 9-8 edge with 12:42 remaining.
After a Thornton layup, McWilliams hit a triple of his own for a 12-10 lead just shy of a minute later.
Rumbaugh and Andy Kwiatkowski (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) traded baskets before a Justin Prisbrey 3-pointer gave the hosts the lead for good with 10:36 on the clock.
Two Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) free throws made it a 22-20 game with 4:59 to play but Spencer Brown hit a layup on Southern Virginia's next possession to spark a 16-0 run that spanned both halves.
Harper snapped the 6-minute, 27-second scoring drought, hitting a layup with 18:26 remaining in the second half.
The Knight run eventually expanded to 29-4, stretching the lead to as large as 27 with 15:35 to play.
Eight points from Ray keyed a 20-3 response that closed the margin to 54-44 with 7:47 remaining.
After Rumbaugh hit a layup to halt the run, Stephen Lang (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) canned his second straight 3-point attempt to cut the deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half with 6:47 on the clock.
Two McWilliams free throws made it a 56-49 game with 4:37 to play but that's as close as McDaniel would get.
After two more McWilliams free throws made it a 59-51 game, the Knights tallied six straight points to push the lead back to 14 with 1:50 to play.
McWilliams led the Green Terror in the scoring column with 17 points, including hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts while Lang finished with nine points.
McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.