Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Casey Nye and Anders Jacobson scored 18 points apiece at home on Thursday evening helping the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team snap its six-game skid and complete a season sweep of Virginia Intermont College with a 71-56 victory over the Cobras.
Facing one another for the second time in less than a month—the Knights earned a win on the Cobras' home court in early November—Thursday's rematch between Southern Virginia (4-6) and Virginia Intermont (5-5) remained close for the opening 15 minutes of play.
The Knights led the Cobras by four points (21-17) with just over five minutes remaining in the first half when Skyler Sims (Brentwood, Tenn.) came off the bench to score his first two buckets of the season—Sims made a hanging jumper in the lane followed by a corner 3-pointer—giving Southern Virginia its largest lead of the game to that point (26-17).
Nye (Kaysville, Utah) thrilled the crowd with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from mid-court pushing Southern Virginia's lead to a game-high 15-points just before halftime.
In the second half, Virginia Intermont cut its deficit to as few as six points (37-46) by the 13:20 mark, but Southern Virginia never relinquished its lead as clutch free throw-shooting from A. Jacobson down the stretch secured a 15-point victory for the Knights.
A. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) hit 12 of his 13 free-throw attempts for the game and led Southern Virginia with six rebounds, while older brother Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) pitched in nine points, a game-high six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the win.
The Knights held the Cobras to 40 percent shooting on the evening, a season-low for Southern Virginia opponents.
Thursday's win marks the Knights' 13th consecutive home victory dating back to the 2009-10 season, which is a men's basketball program record.
Men's basketball has a week off before traveling to Barber-Scotia College on Thursday, Dec. 8 for its final game of the fall semester.