WINCHESTER, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team won its seventh straight game Tuesday night and swept its season series with NCAA Division III Shenandoah University as the Knights defeated the Hornets 67-62.
Southern Virginia (17-7) saw Shenandoah (3-17) jump out to an early lead in front of its home crowd as the Hornets scored the first ten points of Tuesday's contest. Spenser Briggs finally scored Southern Virginia's first basket at the 14:32 mark, which sparked a 12-0 run and gave the Knights their first lead of the game.
From the time of Brigg's basket five and a half minutes into the opening period, the Knights outscored the Hornets 29-13 over the remainder of the half and entered the break with a 29-23 advantage.
After Southern Virginia had pushed its lead to a game-high 12 points five minutes into the second half, Shenandoah, fueled by hot shooting from behind the arc, went on a 16-4 run over the next 4:56 to tie the game at 45-45.
Anders Jacobson answered back for the Knights with an elbow jumper, followed by back-to-back three pointers from Briggs as Southern Virginia outscored Shenandoah 13-3 over the next 3:35 to re-assert control of the game.
Down ten with 6:32 remaining, the Hornets would make one final push to end their five-game skid, but poised shooting from the free-throw line allowed the Knights to hold on for a five-point victory. Southern Virginia has now won six straight games for the second time this season, while Shenandoah's loosing streak grew to six.
Briggs poured in a game-high 23 points for the Knights on 8-for-15 shooting, including 4-for-7 from long range, while also swiping a game-high 4 steals.
Derek Cutler scored ten points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Isaac Jacobson also pulled in seven rebounds to go along with his seven points and three assists.
Southern Virginia held a 34-32 advantage on the glass while forcing the Hornets to commit 17 turnovers.
Men's basketball hopes to sweep another season series on Friday, Feb. 9 when it travels to face USCAA rival The Apprentice School at 6 p.m.