Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Fueled by a team-high 20 points from sophomore Anders Jacobson, who came off the bench after missing the Knights' past two games with a hamstring injury, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team pushed its program-record home winning streak to 18 games on Saturday with a 74-68 victory over Valley Forge Christian College at home in The Barn.
A. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) shot 7-for-10 from the field in his return to the floor on Saturday hitting on both his attempts from behind the arc, while also pulling down a team-high six rebounds against the Patriots from Valley Forge.
Southern Virginia (10-9) struggled early against Valley Forge Christian's (18-6) zone defense falling behind by as many as seven points (18-25) nine minutes into the first half.
An Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) 3-pointer at the 10:04 mark swung momentum in Southern Virginia's favor as the Knights clawed their way back to take a 37-36 lead just before halftime.
Southern Virginia carried its momentum through the break opening the second half with seven consecutive points making it 44-36 on a Travis Van Noy layup with 16:31 remaining. The Knights led by double digits (59-49) six minutes later when the Patriots opened up a 10-3 run pulling within one-possession (62-59) of Southern Virginia with just over seven minutes left on the clock.
Southern Virginia responded by locking down on defense holding Valley Forge Christian scoreless for the next four minutes as the Knights rolled off 12 unanswered points capped by an A. Jacobson layup giving Southern Virginia its largest lead (71-59) of the afternoon with just over three minutes to play, effectively ending the Patriots' rally.
Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah), Southern Virginia's leading scorer on the season at 14.5 points per game, added 17 in the victory. I. Jacobson chipped in ten points and a team-high four assists.
Having now won a program-record 18 straight at home in The Barn, the Knights climbed to 32-3 (.914) under fourth-year Head Coach Brian Pendleton with Saturday's win over Valley Forge Christian. Read more about Southern Virginia's unique home court advantage at scoop.svu.edu.
Men's basketball does not play again until next Saturday's rematch with USCAA-rival The Apprentice School (14-6) in Newport News, Va. The Knights won their previous meeting with the Shipbuilders 90-59 on Jan. 28 in Buena Vista, Va.
Watch a replay of Saturday's win over Valley Forge Christian on the Southern Virginia Athletics online broadcast portal.