Written by Chris Pendleton
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team dropped its season opener for the first time in six seasons on Friday with a 71-67 loss at Guilford College.
"It was a great game," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "Unfortunately the breaks didn't go our way down the stretch. It would have been nice to get the win, but I can't fault the effort.
Friday's meeting between Southern Virginia (0-1) and Guilford (1-0) was tight throughout with neither team ever leading by more than single digits.
Southern Virginia's largest lead of the game came with 8:17 left in the second half, when Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws giving the Knights a seven-point lead (58-51).
The Quakers outscored Southern Virginia 20-10 from that point on, however, as Guilford opened its 106th season of basketball with a comeback win over the Knights.
Southern Virginia finished with 17 turnovers compared to Guilford's 5, which according to Caputo was the key to Friday's game.
"You have to give them a lot of credit," said Caputo. "They executed down the stretch and finished with only five turnovers. You're not going to lose many games if you posses the ball like that."
J. Jacobson and his brother Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) led the Knights with 20 points apiece on 8-for-11 and 7-for-9 shooting respectively, while also grabbing 6 rebounds apiece in the loss. Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) had a solid season opener with 16 points and 5 rebounds on 6-for-12 shooting.
Senior Josh Pittman led Guilford with 15 points and 5 assists.
Men's basketball plays again tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Johnson & Wales University (0-1) after the Wildcats dropped the opening game of the Daly Seven Hotels Invitational to Peace College (1-0).
Guilford and Peace will square off in tomorrow's championship game at 3 p.m.