BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team made more history on Thursday evening defeating Tennessee Temple University 95-49 on Senior Night to become the first team in program history to finish its regular season with a perfect record at home (8-0).
Both teams struggled early to find an offensive rhythm during a back-and-forth opening period in which Southern Virginia (21-8) shot 32 percent from the field while the Tennessee Temple Crusaders (13-16) converted on only 28 percent of their shot attempts.
With a 26-25 lead and 2:19 to play in the first half, the Knights began clicking offensively scoring the final six points of the period to enter the half with the game's largest lead to that point (32-25).
Southern Virginia carried its momentum into the second half as the Knights exploded offensively, outscoring the Crusaders 49-14 over the first 12 minutes of the period. The Southern Virginia onslaught never slowed as the Knights finished their best offensive half of the season with 63 points while shooting a scorching 76 percent (25-for-33) from the field, including 7-for-10 from three-point range.
Twelve different Knights scored on a night which saw seniors Derek Cutler and Vladimir Antigua-Perez honored for their contributions to Southern Virginia basketball. Cutler finished with two points, six rebounds and three assists while Antigua-Perez came off the bench to score seven points and grab two boards in the final five minutes of play.
Spenser Briggs led the way with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Isaac Jacobson added 16 points to go along with his game-high seven rebounds and four assists.
With the most wins (21) and highest winning percentage (.724) in program history, men's basketball now looks forward to the USCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, which will take place in Uniontown, Pa. from Mar. 1-5.