March 8, 2012

Men's Basketball Ends Season on High Note

Written by Chris Pendleton

UNIONTOWN, Pa.—One day after dropping its opening-round matchup at the 2012 USCAA National Championship, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team ended its season on a high note Thursday with a dominant 78-50 victory over Lindenwood University-Belleville. 

"I was very proud of the way we played today," said Tony Caputo following Southern Virginia's final game of the 2011-12 season. "We could have hung our heads after yesterday's disappointing loss, but we came out with complete focus and gave maximum effort from start to finish."

After struggling to make shots during yesterday's loss to Oakwood—the Knights shot only 34 percent from the floor against the Ambassadors—Southern Virginia (16-11) bounced back against Lindenwood finishing the game at 44.4 percent shooting (one-tenth of a percentage point above its season average of 44.3 percent).

Southern Virginia also remedied its rebounding struggles from the previous day by outrebounding Lindenwood 48-34 for the game, including a 17-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

All-American Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) came off the bench to lead the Knights with 14 points on an efficient 7-of-11 from the field. 

Senior Spenser Briggs (Goldsboro, N.C.), who was an All-American last year before missing 15 games this season with a lower-leg injury, ended his Southern Virginia career with a 13-point effort.

Freshman Justin Langford and sophomore Jonathan Jacobson added 11 and 10 respectively. 

With Thursday's victory, men's basketball completed its fourth consecutive winning season after finishing at or below .500 in each of the program's first ten years. 

The Knights have also now qualified for a program-record five consecutive postseason appearances.