ATHENS, Tenn. – A late comeback by the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team came up just short against Bryan College at the Dwain Farmer Round Ball Classic on Friday as the Knights fell to the Lions in overtime, 86-78.
After trailing Bryan for most of the first half, Southern Virginia mounted a late second-half run and took a four point lead over the Lions at the two-minute mark. Bryan, who was picked in a preseason poll to win the Appalachian Athletic Conference, quickly responded with a 7-0 run of their own to go up by three with 37 seconds left on the clock.
Trailing by three, Southern Virginia looked to senior Derek Cutler, who came up big for the Knights by hitting a three-pointer from the top of the key which forced the game into overtime. SVU struggled to score in overtime as Bryan hit all of its free throws in the extra period on the way to an eight point victory over the Knights.
Southern Virginia had a balanced scoring attack in Friday's loss as five different players reached double figures. Spenser Briggs led the Knights with 22, Anders Jacobson scored 17, Isaac Jacobson scored 15, Ky Raymond chipped in 11 and Culter added 13 points to go along with his 12 rebounds.
Men's basketball will play again Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. on the second day of the Dwain Farmer Round Ball Classic against tournament host, Tennessee Wesleyan College. Tennessee Wesleyan, picked during the preseason to place second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, defeated Warren Wilson College on Friday, 102-58.