Written by Chris Pendleton
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team opened the VUL Classic on Friday with a dominant 98-53 victory over the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
"We got off to a great start tonight and everyone contributed to the win," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "I was especially proud of our defensive effort, which led to a lot of fast breaks and easy buckets."
Southern Virginia (5-2) opened up Friday's game against UMFK (0-9) on a 17-4 run capped by a Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) made jumper at the 16:36 mark of the first half. The Knights never looked back entering halftime with a 59-21 lead on route to the 45-point victory—Southern Virginia's largest win margin of the season.
All twelve Knights scored for the first time this season highlighted by four players—Andrew Bailey (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) and Nye—reaching double figures.
I. Jacobson was Southern Virginia's top scorer for the third time this season with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-4 behind the arc, while also handing out a game-high 6 assists in only 20 minutes of action. Bailey and Nye both added 16 points and A. Jacobson pitched in 10 for the Knights.
Southern Virginia's defense held UMFK to only 33.9 percent (21-for-62) shooting for the game as the Knights recorded season highs in both steals (17) and rebounds (49) against the Tigers.
Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.) and Jed Harr (St. George, Utah) were especially effective on the glass during Friday's win. In only 17 minutes of action apiece, Richins pulled down a game-high 10 boards and scored 8 points, while Harr grabbed 7 rebounds and chipped in 9 points.
After opening its season with a four-point loss at Guilford, Southern Virginia has bounced back to win five of its last six games—the only loss during that stretch coming at NCAA Division I Liberty University.
Men's basketball now faces the VUL Classic host school, Virginia University of Lynchburg, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Southern Virginia split with Virginia-Lynchburg last season defeating the Dragons 68-53 at home on Nov. 5, 2011, before falling 70-67 on VUL's home court on Jan. 20, 2012.