Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team set a single-season record for home wins during Tuesday's Senior Night matchup with the University of Maine at Fort Kent as the Knights cruised past the Tigers 89-65 on route to a perfect 10-0 record in The Barn this season.
Tonight's victory not only set a single-season mark for home wins—the previous record was eight (8-0) set by last year's USCAA national champion team—but also pushed the Knights' home winning streak to a program-record 20 games dating back over two years to Feb. 20, 2010.
Southern Virginia's back-to-back seasons without a home loss are the first such seasons in the program's 14-year history, both coming under fourth-year Head Coach Brian Pendleton, who is now 34-3 (.919) in The Barn for his career.
After honoring its three seniors—Spenser Briggs (Goldsboro, N.C.), Patrick Dillon (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Travis Van Noy (Reno, Nev.)—No. 2 ranked Southern Virginia (14-9) jumped out to an early lead over No. 8 UMFK (17-9) going up 12-5 on the Tigers after an Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) layup just over five minutes into the game.
Southern Virginia grew its advantage to eight (40-32) before halftime, but the Tigers clawed back early in the second period pulling within five (38-43) of the Knights with 16:38 remaining in the game.
UMFK would come no closer, however, as Southern Virginia opened up a 23-2 run over the next six-and-a-half minutes of action putting the game out of the Tigers' reach.
Briggs, who returned to the floor on Senior Night for the first time since suffering a potential season-ending injury against Southern Utah on Nov. 23, 2011, led the Knights with 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc.
Junior Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) added 14 points and five rebounds, while Van Noy reached double figures for the third time this year with 11 points and four boards.
I. Jacobson was the Knights' top playmaker on the evening handing out six assists to go along with nine points.
Thirteen of Southern Virginia's 15 players scored during Tuesday's win as the Knights shot a scorching 52.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from long range.
Men's basketball has now won five straight heading into this weekend's two-game road trip against Berkeley College-New Jersey and Berkeley College on Feb. 24-25.