Written by Chris Pendleton and Nick Porter
HELENA, Mont.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team came up empty at the Carroll Tournament this past weekend falling to host-school Carroll College 83-87 on Friday evening followed by a 65-76 loss to Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.
Southern Virginia trailed Carroll by only two points with 43 seconds remaining in Friday's game when a questionable no-call by the officials on an apparent Fighting Saints' traveling violation led to a Carroll basket. Trailing Carroll by four with under 40 seconds remaining, the Knights were unable to come any closer eventually losing to the Fighting Saints by the same margin (83-87).
After taking a a one-point lead over Carroll into intermission, the Knights gave up their lead 2:23 into the second period and never reclaimed it despite 14 second-half points off the bench from junior guard Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah).
Nye led the Knights with 22 points on the evening, while senior swingman Spenser Briggs (Goldsboro, N.C.) went 8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc for an efficient 21 points.
Carroll outrebounded Southern Virginia 35-26 for the game, including an 8-rebound advantage in the second half.
On Saturday, Southern Virginia hoped to earn a win over Rocky Mountain and leave the tournament with a split, but the Knights struggled out of the gate entering halftime down 15 to the Bears.
Despite outscoring Rocky Mountain by four in the second half, the Knights were unable to make up their 15-point halftime deficit eventually losing to the Bears by nine (65-76).
A. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) led the Knights with 17 points to go along with his five rebounds and three steals, while freshman Justin Wolf (Payson, Utah) had the best game of his young career scoring 10 and grabbing 6 boards in the loss.
With weary legs from the previous evening's game, the Knights shot only 36.1 percent from the field compared to the Bears' 43.1 percent during Saturday's defeat.
Southern Virginia (3-3) has now lost three straight after beginning the season 3-0.
The Knights have three days off while traveling to Cedar City, Utah where they will face NCAA Division I Southern Utah University (5-2) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. EDT.
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