BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team withstood a late rally at Bridgewater College Wednesday evening and held on for a 65-60 win over the NCAA Division III Bridgewater Eagles.
Southern Virginia led by 10 at the half after holding Bridgewater to 30 percent shooting during the first 20 minutes of play. SVU then opened up a 22 point lead early in the second half as the Knights outscored Bridgewater 18-6 in the first seven minutes of the period.
Trailing 52-30 with 13 minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles began a furious comeback, outscoring Southern Virginia 18-1 over a seven-minute stretch making the score 53-48 with 5:36 left to play.
Bridgewater continued to whittle away at Southern Virginia's lead until an Eagle three-pointer at the 1:19 mark brought them within two points of the Knights. Isaac Jacobson, playing limited minutes off the bench after returning from an ankle sprain, answered back with a clutch three from the corner to push Southern Virginia's lead back to five with 52 ticks remaining on the clock.
The Eagles showed no quit despite Jacobson's timely bucket and swiftly responded with two quick scores to cut Southern Virginia's lead back down to one with 14 seconds left. Bridgewater would come no closer as late free throws allowed the Knights to hold on for a five-point victory.
With the victory, Southern Virginia completed its season sweep over Bridgewater after defeating the Eagles less than a week earlier at the EMU Tip-Off Classic.
Men's Basketball will take Thanksgiving off before traveling to Athens, Tenn. to participate in the Dwain Farmer Round Ball Classic where they will face Bryan College and Tennessee Wesleyan College, teams that were preseason picks to finish first and second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.