BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team set another school record Monday afternoon as the Knights defeated Washington Adventist University 79-65 at home marking the first 20-win season in Southern Virginia men's basketball history.
Southern Virginia (20-8) started off slowly against the Washington Adventist Shock (8-15)—the Knights scored only eight points in the first ten minutes of play—and found itself with a seven-point deficit (15-8) after a Jamie Newton jumper at the 10:15 mark. The Knights responded with a 13-6 run over the next 2:45 capped by a pair of Casey Nye free throws to tie the game at 21-all.
After Southern Virginia took a brief 23-21 lead with 5:57 remaining in the half, Washington Adventist scored ten of the game's next twelve points over a 90 second stretch to push its lead back to six points. Trailing 31-25 with 4:26 left before halftime, the Knights rolled off twelve straight points to enter the break with a six point advantage and their largest lead to that point in the contest.
The second half opened with two straight Southern Virginia baskets—a jumper from Spenser Briggs and a driving lay-in in the paint from Isaac Jacobson—as the Knights grew their lead to ten at the 18:49 mark. Washington Adventist spent the next three and a half minutes chipping away at its deficit until the Shock took a 46-45 lead with 15:19 remaining in the game.
The lead would change hands seven times over the next five minutes until a Spenser Briggs' three-pointer assisted by Anders Jacobson at the 10:17 mark gave the Knights a 54-52 lead which they would not relinquish. From that point on, Southern Virginia outscored Washington Adventist 25-12 to close out the game and tally an important victory against the third ranked team in the USCAA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches Poll.
Monday's win also avenged Southern Virginia's only non-NCAA Division I loss since Thanksgiving weekend as the Knights held Washington Adventist to 39.7 percent shooting on the afternoon.
Briggs led the way for Southern Virginia with a game-high 21 points while dishing out a game-high six assists to go along with his five rebounds.
Freshman A. Jacobson had another strong outing with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Nye contributed 14 points in the win and senior Derek Cutler pulled in a game-high seven rebounds for the Knights.
Men's basketball has now won 17 of its last 19 games and looks to complete a perfect season at home on Thursday, Feb. 24 when the Knights host Tennessee Temple for Senior Night at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Sports Arena.