BUENA VISTA, Va. — With unselfish offense and stingy defense, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team pushed its current winning streak to seven games—the second longest in Southern Virginia men's basketball history—as it defeated Penn State-Beaver 97-57 on Saturday in the final game of the 2011 Knights New Year Classic.
The game was neck-and-neck for the first seven minutes of play as both teams struggled to find the range early. With the score tied 14-14 at the 13:01 mark, Southern Virginia cranked up its energy on both ends of the court and outscored Penn State 30-3 over the remainder of the half.
Southern Virginia continued to roll in the second half as all 15 Knights saw action while the team recorded its highest point total of the season. Five different Knights scored in double figures—Casey Nye (18), Isaac Jacobson (17), Anders Jacobson (12), Spenser Briggs (12) and Ky Raymond (11)—as Southern Virginia shot 55 percent from the field, including 52 percent from behind the arc. The Knights' balanced scoring attack was made possible by a season high 24 assists.
Having won eight of its last nine games, men's basketball travels to Takoma Park, Md. on Tuesday, Jan. 11 for an important game against a fellow USCAA school, Washington Adventist University. Southern Virginia is ranked sixth in the USCAA Division I men's basketball coach's poll while Washington Adventist is ranked 12th. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m.