BUENA VISTA, Va. – Led by Isaac Jacobson's 27 points on 9 for 11 shooting, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team never trailed in its home opener Wednesday as the Knights defeated Shenandoah University 68-54.
Southern Virginia (5-6) played stifling defense in front of the home crowd holding Shenandoah (1-6) to 40 percent shooting from the field while forcing 21 turnovers and recording 11 steals.
Southern Virginia jumped out to an early lead over Shenandoah scoring 19 of the game's first 23 points, but the Hornets responded with a run of their own and cut the Knights' lead to six at the half.
With 8:26 remaining in the game SVU had pushed its lead back to 12 points, 50-38, and threatened to pull away before Shenandoah responded with its second extended run of the evening scoring 10 of the games next 12 points over a 2:49 stretch, making the score 52-50 with 5:39 left to play.
Travis Van Noy, who had the best game of his young career with eight points and six boards, ended the Hornet's run with a 15-foot jumper shifting momentum back to Southern Virginia. The Knights wouldn't look back and ended the game on a 16-4 run.
Having won three of its last four games, men's basketball will have one day off before traveling to Salisbury, Md. on Friday, Dec. 3 to face Ramapo College of New Jersey in the opening game of the Salisbury University Optimist Classic.