Written by Chris Pendleton
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team bounced back from Friday's four-point loss to Guilford College with a decisive 86-56 victory over Johnson and Wales University on Saturday earning a 1-1 split at the Daly Seven Hotels Invitational.
Eleven of Southern Virginia's 12 players scored during Saturday's runaway win, while four different Knights—Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Evans (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) and Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)—reached double figures.
"Today was a total team effort," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We didn't hang our heads after last night's tough loss and came out today with a ton of energy. Our bench gave us a huge spark today and we really controlled the boards."
Southern Virginia's bench outscored Johnson and Wale's 40-15 for the game, while the Knights held a 43-34 rebounding advantage over their opponent.
Brooks, a senior sharpshooter for Southern Virginia, came off the bench to lead the Knights with 15 points on 3-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-5 from behind the arc, while also going 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Evans also came off the bench and scored 14 points for Southern Virginia on 5-for-6 shooting.
Brothers I. Jacobson and J. Jacobson both had another solid outing scoring 13 and 11 respectively one night after combining for 40 points on 15-for-20 shooting and 12 rebounds against Guilford. In addition to his 13 points, I. Jacobson also pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists, while older brother J. Jacobson added 5 boards and 3 assists in the lopsided victory.
Saturday's matchup with Johnson and Wales was never close as Southern Virginia jumped out to a 17-point lead by halftime on route to the 30-point win. The Knights shot a scorching 53.3 percent (32-for-60) from the floor, including 40.9 percent (9-for22) from 3-point range, while holding Johnson and Wales to just 32.8 percent shooting for the game.
"If we play unselfishly, like we did today with everyone contributing, and focus on playing solid defense I think we'll have a great chance to be successful this season," said Caputo.
After two games this weekend, men's basketball faces a quick turnaround as the Knights will host Barber Scotia College on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.
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