Ethan Snapp’s 3-pointer with 44 seconds left got the Urbana University men’s basketball team within two points, but the Blue Knights came up short against UVa-Wise in Saturday’s home opener, 71-64.
UU lost its fourth straight game while falling in the league opener for both teams.
The Blue Knights (0-4, 0-1) led for the majority of the game, including an 11-point advantage right before halftime when Aarmanni Garnett and Snapp each finished on a fast break to make the score 25-14. However, the Cavs (1-3, 1-0) responded and trailed the Blue and Grey by a only point at the break, 29-28.
UU came out of the half to build a three-point lead at the first media timeout, 37-34. But then, the visitors found their stroke from three-point range and knocked down three consecutive treys during a 13-2 run. Down six points, Snapp completed a four-point play and then Malik Jacobs tied the game at 50-50 on a pair of free throws with 7:26 remaining.
Wise responded quickly with six points and led the rest of the way.
Four players reached double figures for UU. Senior Carlas Jackson led the way with 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting while Snapp finished with 14 points. AJ Washington and Jacobs both contributed with 10 points each. Washington grabbed a team-high seven boards and Jacobs dished out a team-best five assists.
UVa-Wise’s Taiwo Badmus led all players with 29 points and 12 boards. Badmus knocked down four 3-pointers and went 9 of 13 at the free-throw line. Chance Sheffey notched 14 points for the visitors.
UU hosts Concord (2-2, 0-1 MEC) tonight inside the Warren G. Grimes Center. The two squads will tip off the Mountain East Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m. The Mountain Lions lost Saturday at Notre Dame College, 86-76, as senior guard B.J. Hamlet poured in a career-high 28 points.