Written by Sean Dahlin
FARMVILLE, Va.—Despite coming within four points of the Lancers with just over three minutes remaining, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team could not complete its late comeback attempt on Thursday at NCAA Division I Longwood University ending the semester with a 86-74 loss.
"I was really proud of the way we battled back in the second half," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "We came up short on the scoreboard, but not in effort."
Southern Virginia (6-3) struggled offensively in the opening half hitting only 29.6-percent (8-for-27) of its shots from the field leading to a 16-point (44-28) Longwood lead at halftime.
The Knight regrouped in the second half and outscored the Lancers 46-42 over the final 20 minute of play, including pulling within four points (76-72) of the Lancers with 3:13 left in regulation on a made 3-pointer from junior forward Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.). J. Jacobson finished with 13 points, while shooting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Southern Virginia would come no closer, however, as Longwood ended the game with a 10-2 run on route to the 12-point vitory.
Junior guard Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) recorded a team-high 14 points and four assists while senior guard Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) added 13 points and three assists for Southern Virginia in the loss.
Senior guard Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) recorded a team-high eight rebounds along with nine points. Jed Harr (St. George, Utah) had a solid outing off the bench for the Knights with seven points on 3-for-4 shooting in addition to four boards.
Tristan Carey was Longwood's top scorer with a game-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting leading the eight different Lancers who scored a basket against Southern Virginia.
Longwood recorded 44 rebounds during Friday's game compared to 28 boards for the Knights.
Men's basketball will return to action following the break on January 11-12, 2013, as Southern Virginia hosts the 2013 Knights New Year Classic at the Knight Sports Arena against USCAA-foes Virginia University of Lynchburg and Berkeley College-New Jersey.