March 1, 2011

Four Knights Receive USCAA Honors

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its All-American and All-Academic selections for the 2010-11 men's division I basketball season honoring four members of the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team.

Junior guard Spenser Briggs headlined the Southern Virginia selections earning First-Team All-American honors after leading the Knights this season in several statistical categories, including scoring average (16.4 ppg), total points (427), field goals made (138), three-pointers made (60), free throws made (91), steals (54) and minutes played (827). Briggs is also second in total rebounds (144) and assists (63) for the year.

In addition to his All-American honors, Briggs made the USCAA's All-Academic Team along with senior Derek Cutler and sophomore Ed Greenhalgh. Cutler, who will graduate in May with a degree in Biology, has now made two consecutive All-Academic teams.

Casey Nye also received recognition for his outstanding play this season as the sophomore guard was named an Honorable Mention All-American, despite missing seven games after suffering a sprained knee. Nye was the Knights' second leading scorer this season (14.8 ppg), while shooting an impressive 51 percent from the field and 43 percent from long distance.

"When teams enjoy success, there are plenty of opportunities for individual accolades," said third year head coach Brian Pendleton. "We have been very successful as a team this season and it is extremely rewarding to see our players recognized for their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom."