November 20, 2012

Men's Basketball Extends Home Winning Streak to 21 Games

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.