January 29, 2011

Strong Second Half Leads Knights Past Pitt.-Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Pa. – The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team won the second game of its back-to-back road trip Saturday afternoon, defeating Pitt.-Titusville 82-49.

After a physical win over Penn State-Beaver the previous evening, Southern Virginia struggled early against a feisty Pitt.-Titusville team and trailed for a majority of the opening ten minutes of play.

Down 23-20 at the 10:10 mark in the first half, the Knights stepped up their defensive pressure and quickly swung the game's momentum. Fueled by Titusville turnovers, Southern Virginia rolled off a 15-0 run over the next six minutes and entered the half with an eight point lead.

The Titusville Panthers would not go away easily in front of their home crowd outscoring the Knights 13-8 over the first five minutes of the second half. Leading 47-42 at the 14:59 mark, Southern Virginia opened up its second impressive rally of the afternoon and outscored the Panthers 35-7 for the remainder of the game.

Southern Virginia held Titusville to 31 percent shooting for the game while forcing the Panthers to commit 21 turnovers.

Casey Nye led all scorers with 18 on 8-of-14 shooting. Spenser Briggs added 13 points and Derek Cutler converted on six of his eight field goal attempts for an efficient 12 points. Anders Jacobson led Southern Virginia in rebounding with seven boards, including five on the offensive end. Ed Greenhalgh provided the Knights a spark off the bench scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists in 16 minutes on the floor.

Men's basketball, which has now won eleven of its last 12 games dating back to Nov. 26, will have five days off before embarking on another back-to-back road trip next weekend. On Friday, Feb. 4 the Knights will travel to face Valley Forge Christian (22-4) at 7 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. matchup at Williamson Trade (16-1) on Saturday, Feb. 5.