By Sheldon Gomes
Although the Knights were able to keep the game within reach for most of the first half, FDU never kept the lead as they lost 82-49.
FDU was doing a solid job hanging around with a talented Virginia team but once the game got to double digits at the 3:38 mark in the first half, the Cavaliers led with 35 points in the game.
The Knights had another rough outing shooting the ball as they finished the game 17-59 (28.8%) overall and made just six of their 23 attempts (26.1%) from the three point line. FDU would also finish 9-11 from the free-throw line (81.8%).
The Cavaliers had a pretty fantastic afternoon from the floor. While FDU’s shooting percentage decreased throughout the game, Virginia’s percentages kept getting better. After shooting 15-28 (53.57%) in the first half overall, they would jump up to an even more efficient 19-27 (70.37%) overall in the second half. They also shot 9-14 (64.29%) from three in the second half after not making a single three prior.
The Cavaliers finished 34-55 (61.8%) overall and 9-17 (52.9%) from three. They also got five of their seven (71.4%) free throw attempts to go.
One positive for the Knights was the return of their starting guard Devon Dunn. Dunn was able to lead the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-13 shooting overall and 4-10 shooting from three. Brandon Rush was the next leading scorer for the Knights with 14 points as he went 5-12 from the floor. All other FDU players combined for just 19 points.
For the Cavaliers, it was the Jayden Gardner show as he was on fire for his team. Gardner finished leading all scorers in the game with 29 points and he would only miss four of his 18 total shots. Armaan Franklin also turned in a solid game as he contributed 12 points for his team followed by nine points each from Igor Miličić Jr. and Carson McCorkle.
The Knights will look to finish off their non-conference schedule with a win as they head back home to take on Saint Peter’s on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.
The Knights lost 82-49 to Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Art by Sheldon Gomes