Written by Chris Pendleton and Travis Van Noy
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The Jacobson Trio combined for 50 points in the absence of leading scorer Casey Nye on Saturday as the Knights completed their regular season sweep of USCAA-rival The Apprentice School defeating the Shipbuilders 77-73 in Newport News, Va.
All three Jacobson brothers—Southern Virginia's brotherly version of a Big Three—scored in double-figures at Apprentice led by junior point guard Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), who finished with team-highs in points (22), rebounds (8) and assists (5). Sophomore forward Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) added 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench, while sophomore shooting guard Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) chipped in eleven points and two rebounds in the win.
Junior Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.) also came up huge for the Knights in Nye's absence, coming off the bench to score a season-high 11 points in addition to collecting a huge steal in the game's final seconds when Apprentice had the ball down two (75-73) with a chance to tie or take the lead. Brooks' steal and subsequent made free throws with four seconds remaining gave the Knights' a two-possession advantage sealing Southern Virginia's fourth consecutive victory over the Shipbuilders.
Determined to avenge its 90-59 loss on Jan. 28 in Buena Vista, Va., Apprentice (14-8) looked sharp early scoring ten of the game's first twelve points for a 2-10 lead over the Knights six minutes into the first half. Southern Virginia (11-9) responded with a 22-13 run as the Knights grabbed their first lead (24-23) of the afternoon after two I. Jacobson free throws with less than eight minutes to play in the half.
The Shipbuilders would not go down without a fight, however, outscoring the Knights 18-11 over the next 7:46 giving the home team a six-point advantage (35-41) heading into the break. Apprentice carried its momentum through halftime holding the Knights scoreless during the opening two minutes of the second half, while growing its lead to a game-high 13 points (35-48).
Senior center Travis Van Noy (Reno, Nev.) finally ended Southern Virginia's drought with a made jumper on an assist from freshman Justin Langford (Canby, Ore.) at the 18-minute mark bringing the Knights offense back to life.
After essentially trading baskets for the next eight minutes, Southern Virginia still trailed 52-61 when a jumper from J. Jacobson sparked an 11-0 run by the Knights giving them their first advantage (63-61) of the second half with 7:40 left on the clock.
Two quick baskets from Apprentice's leading scorer Isaih Harrison, who had a monster game finishing with 26 points and 16 rebounds, put the Shipbuilders back on top (63-65) before an I. Jacobson 3-pointer put the Knights up one (66-65) with six minutes to go.
Apprentice tied the game one last time at 66 apiece on a made free throw by Tevin Andrews, who also had a solid game with 13 points and 10 boards, but the Shipbuilders could never reclaim the lead as Southern Virginia collected consecutive wins for the first time since Jan. 14 and improved its all-time series record against Apprentice to 16-11.
The Knights will go for their third straight win and program record 19th straight win at home on Wednesday, Feb. 15 when they host Barber-Scotia College in The Barn at 7 p.m. EDT. Southern Virginia closed out fall semester play with a 66-51 win at Baber-Scotia on Dec. 8, 2011.
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