Written by Chris Pendleton
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday at Liberty University with the NCAA Division I Flames handing the Knights a 76-51 loss.
"I was happy with our overall effort tonight," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "But we just didn't shoot the ball well enough to come away with a win at a D-I school."
Liberty (1-8) collected its first win of the season after holding Southern Virginia (4-2) to 33.3 percent (19-for-57) shooting from the floor and only 19.2 percent (5-for-26) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Flames scorched the nets at the Vines Center finishing the game at 57.4 percent (27-for-47) from the floor, including 50.0 percent (7-for-14) from 3-point range.
After entering halftime down eleven points (36-25), Southern Virginia's Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) scored the first five points of the second half pulling the Knights within six (36-30) of the Flames with 19:07 remaining in the game.
Southern Virginia would come no closer, however, as the Flames outscored the Knights 40-21 from that point on securing their first win of the year after opening the season on an eight-game slide.
I. Jacobson led Southern Virginia with 16 points on 6-fo-9 shooting, including 2-for-4 from downtown. Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.) was the only other Knight to reach double figures adding 11 points off the bench.
John Caleb Sanders was Liberty's top scorer with 14 points leading the nine different Flames who recorded a basket against Southern Virginia.
Liberty shot 28 free throws during Tuesday's game compared to only 15 for the Knights.
Southern Virginia has two days off before heading back to Lynchburg, Va., for the opening game of the VUL Classic against the University of Maine at Fort Kent (0-8) at 6 p.m.