BUENA VISTA, Va. – Spenser Briggs hit six three-pointers and went 8-of-12 from the field for a game-high 24 points Saturday as the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team won convincingly at home over USCAA rival The Apprentice School, 89-74.
Southern Virginia trailed by four early in the game as Apprentice netted the first two buckets of the opening period. The Knights responded to their early deficit by outscoring the Shipbuilders 52-22 over the next 19 minutes.
Southern Virginia's run was ignited by hot shooting from the outside as the Knights went 8-of-15 (53.3%) from three-point range in the first half. Briggs made 4-of-5 from behind the arch during that stretch and Isaac Jacobson knocked in 2-of-3 from long range. Casey Nye and Ed Greenhalgh each added a three-pointer of their own in the first 20 minutes.
After the Knights had extended their lead to 30 points (87-57) with only 4:49 remaining in the contest, the Shipbuilders closed out the game on a 17-2 run over the final three minutes of play when Coach Pendleton had emptied his bench.
Senior Derek Cutler had the best game of his three-year Southern Virginia career Saturday, pouring in 17 points and grabbing a team-high 6 rebounds. Casey Nye added an efficient 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Jacobson chipped in 15 of his own on 6-of-9 from the field to go along with his game-high seven assists.
Men's basketball is off until next weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania for a back-to-back road trip. On Friday, Jan. 28 the Knights will play a rematch of their Jan. 8 win over Penn State-Beaver at 7 p.m. Southern Virginia will take on Pitt.-Titusville the following afternoon at 2 p.m.