BRISTOL, Va. – After trailing Virginia Intermont College by one point at half time, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team outscored the Cobras 52-42 in the second half on its way to a nine-point victory in Wednesday's opening game of the 2010-11 season.
Southern Virginia (1-0) got off to a slow start against Virginia Intermont (0-3) falling behind by as many as seven in the first half while shooting only 36 percent from the field. With opening game jitters behind them, the Knights began the second half on a 16-4 run and never trailed again in the contest.
Sothern Virginia's second-half comeback was led by its three captains, Casey Nye, Isaac Jacobson and Spenser Briggs, who combined for 54 of the Knights' 86 total points. Nye led all scorers with 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting. Jacobson and Briggs added 17 and 15 as both players converted on 6 of their 12 field goal attempts. Jacobson also dished out a game-high five assists while Briggs collected a game-high nine rebounds.
Ky Raymond provided Southern Virginia with a nice spark off the bench as the freshman came in to score nine points and grab five boards. Fellow freshman Anders Jacobson pitched in nine points, shooting 6-6 from the foul line. Senior Derek Cutler added seven points and five rebounds.
Men's basketball has one day off before heading to the Union College Classic in Barbourville, Ky. Southern Virginia's first game will be against the host school, Union College (0-3), on Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. The Knights will face Reinhardt University (1-2) the following day at 1 p.m.