Written by Chris Pendleton
PARKERBURG, Va.—Ten different members of the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team scored on Tuesday as the Knights defeated West Virginia University-Parkersburg 90-72 for their third straight lopsided win of the semester.
"That team had some very talented players," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo, who has Southern Virginia (9-3) off to its best start in program history. "We're off to a great start this semester and we want to continue to improve every practice and every game."
Southern Virginia trailed WVU-Parkersburg by seven points (30-23) with just over four minutes remaining in the first half before closing out the period on a 12-4 run capped by an Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) buzzer-beater that gave the Knights a 35-34 lead at intermission.
The Knights carried their momentum from the end of the first stanza into second and outscored WVU-Parkersburg 55-38 over the final 20 minutes of play on route to the 18-point win. Southern Virginia now has a 21.6-point margin of victory through three games in 2013, and the team's current 14.2 point-per-game differential would be the highest ever recorded by a Southern Virginia men's basketball team if maintained through the season.
I. Jacobson led all Southern Virginia scorers with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go along with 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Thee other Knights reached double figures as Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) and Jed Harr (St. George, Utah) added 16, 15 and 10 points respectively.
Andrew Bailey (Cheyenne, Wyo.) grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds for the Knights to go along with 6 points.
WVU-Parkersburg was led on the evening by Jeremy Roberts, who scored a game-high 22, while Keith Penn recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards.
Men's basketball has a week off before hosting future conference foe Mary Washington University on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Knights Sports Arena. Southern Virginia has dedicated Wednesday's game to Nattie Brooks, wife of senior shooting Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), who was recently diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD).
Watch live as the Knights support the Brooks family, while going for third 23rd consecutive home win.