Written by Sean Dahlin
BEREA, Ky.—Senior guard Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) scored 20 of his season-high 22 points in the second half including 9-for-9 from the charity stripe on Saturday to lead the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team in a 79-68 win over tournament-host Berea College.
"I'm excited for our team in coming out on top with two wins over top-quality opponents this weekend," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We did a good job defensively against a solid offensive squad in Berea [College]."
Southern Virginia (4-1) and Berea (7-3) changed leads five times before Nye and senior point guard Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)—who recorded 20 total points—scored six and five points respectively in a second half 11-2 run helping Southern Virginia gain a commanding eight-point lead (62-54) on route to its fourth straight win.
The Knights outscored the Mountaineers 43-36 in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Senior forward Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.) provided a spark off the bench with five points and two blocks highlighted by a game-high nine rebounds. I. Jacobson, who has a team-leading 38 rebounds through five games this season, added eight boards to help Southern Virginia gain a 44-26 advantage on the glass.
After coming out on top against Asbury College the night before, the Knights held Berea—ranked fifth in scoring offense (93.3 ppg) and tenth in field goal percentage (49.9-percent) in NAIA Division II—to 68 total points and 44.8-percent from the field.
Junior forward Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) scored 11 points and added five rebounds in the win.
Junior Trent Maddox led the Mountaineers with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting.
Men's basketball gets two days off before traveling to Lynchburg, Va., on Dec. 4, to face NCAA Division I-opponent Liberty University.