December 8, 2010

Jacobson Lifts Knights to Fifth Straight Win

BUENA VISTA, Va. — With its best offensive performance of the season—the Knights shot 56 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc—the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team handled the visiting Cobras from Virginia Intermont University in an 80-55 victory Wednesday night.

Led by Isaac Jacobson's 16 first-half points on 6-of-7 shooting, Southern Virginia (8-6) slowly increased its lead over Virginia Intermont (4-7) throughout the opening period, pushing its advantage to 15 (42-27) by the break.

The Knights still led by 15 well into the second half when an Isaac three-pointer at the 10:40 mark ignited a 12-0 Southern Virginia run over a 2:30 stretch, putting the game out of reach for the Cobras. Isaac had two threes and a beautiful reverse layup during the run while his brother Anders Jacobson added a three of his own.  

Isaac finished with five assists and 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Spenser Briggs also continued his strong play of late adding 17 points while Derek Cutler pitched in 10 points to go along with his team-leading nine rebounds.

Southern Virginia hit on seven of their 10 three point attempts in the second half while holding Virginia Intermont to 31 percent shooting for the game.

Men's basketball has now won six out of seven games since Nov. 24, including five straight to end the semester, which ties the second-longest winning streak in program history. The Knights also won five straight last season (2009-10) in coach Brian Pendleton's second year and in 2004-05 under coach Don Chamberlain.

Men's basketball is now off until Jan. 7 and 8 when they host Berkeley College and Penn State-Beaver at the 2011 Knights New Year Classic.