Written by Chris Pendleton
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team suffered its first loss in nearly two months on Friday falling at Virginia University of Lynchburg 67-70 ending the Knights five-game win streak.
Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) led Southern Virginia in scoring for the seventh time in the Knights' last eight games finishing with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting, but the junior swingman could not connect on a last-second 3-point attempt that could have forced overtime with the Dragons.
After leading by two points at halftime (31-29), Southern Virginia pushed its advantage to as many as 11 early in the second half, but Virginia University of Lynchburg was able to mount a late comeback as four different Knights—Anders Jacobson, Jonathan Jacobson, Justin Langford and Travis Van Noy—fouled out of the game.
Despite falling behind by five points with only 5:35 remaining in the contest, the Knights fought their way back to reclaim a two-point lead (67-65) on an Isaac Jacobson layup with just 54 ticks left on the clock.
Southern Virginia would not score again, however, as Virginia University of Lynchburg would connect on five consecutive free throws during the final 41 seconds of play to pull out a three-point home victory over the Knights.
Bench play proved crucial to VUL's victory as the Dragon's bench outscored the Knights' 25-8 on the evening.
J. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) was Southern Virginia's second leading scorer with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and two steals. Brother I. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) added 11 points, five points and four assists in the loss.
Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) led all rebounders on Friday with eight total to go along with nine points, while Travis Van Noy (Reno, Nev.) also chipped in nine points and seven boards.
Highlights of Friday's loss at Virginia University of Lynchburg are available on YouTube.