Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—For the second consecutive game, four members of the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team reached double figures helping the Knights extended their program-record home winning streak to 21 games with a 76-56 win over Barber-Scotia College on Tuesday.
"I was really happy with the way we competed tonight in our only home game of the semester, " said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "Our players fed off the crowd and really got after it on the defensive end and the boards."
Southern Virginia's (2-1) defense forced 26 turnovers on Tuesday and held Barber-Scotia to 41.2 percent shooting for the game, while the Knights outrebounded the Sabers 41-28.
On the offensive end, senior scoring guard Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) led Southern Virginia with 17 points and 4 rebounds, while senior point guard Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) netted 16 points to go along with a team-high 8 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Wesley Evans (Crystal Lake, Ill.) provided a spark off the bench for Southern Virginia contributing 13 points and 4 boards and Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) reached double-figures for the third straight game chipping in 10 points in the victory.
Fueled by 11 first-half points from Nye, Southern Virginia jumped out to an 11-point lead (34-23) at intermission. Southern Virginia's advantage remained in double digits throughout the second half as the Knights secured back-to-back lopsided victories.
Although 3-point shooting has been a strong point of Southern Virginia's this season, the Knights struggled from the perimeter against the Sabers going only 2-for-17 from behind the arc on their home court.
"In the second half our players made a nice adjustment by taking the ball inside and using Barber-Scotia's aggressiveness in our favor," Caputo said. "As we stopped settling for 3-pointers we started going to the line where we had great focus and knocked down key free throws."
Southern Virginia made 80 percent (20-for-25) of its free throws on Tuesday compared to Barber-Scotia's 63.6 percent (7-for-11).
Men's basketball is off until next Friday, Nov. 30 when the Knights face Asbury University in Berea, Ky., at 6 p.m. for the opening game of the Berea Classic. The following day, Southern Virginia takes on tournament host Berea College at noon.