FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season on Saturday falling 62-54 at the University of Mary Washington.
"Saturday's game at Mary Washington was a struggle," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "Very physical play made for poor shooting for both teams. The game was won at the free-throw line where they went 20-for-26 in the second half compared to our 1-for-4."
A made layup by senior point guard Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) gave Southern Virginia a 45-40 lead over Mary Washington with 7:11 left in the game, but the Eagles outscored the Knights 22-9 from that point on, with 15 of their 22 points coming from the foul line.
Southern Virginia (12-6) made only 36.4 percent (4-for-11) of its free-throw attempts on Saturday, while Mary Washington (11-11) finished at 76.7 percent (23-for-30) giving the Eagles a 19-point (23-4) free-throw advantage for the game.
"I was pleased with our defensive improvement and intensity," said Caputo. "Usually when we hold teams to less than 35 percent shooting from the field we come away with a win. Great effort, frustrating loss. We need to learn a few things from it and get back into the win column quickly."
Southern Virginia held Mary Washington to 34.8 percent (16-for-46) shooting for the game, but meanwhile the Knights also recorded their second-lowest shooting percentage of the season finishing at 37.9 percent (22-for-58) from the field.
I. Jacobson led Southern Virginia will 13 points to go along with his game-high 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) was the only other Knight to reach double figures finishing with 11 points.
Jonathan Jacobson led Southern Virginia with 7 rebounds, while also adding 9 points.
Mary Washington's Bradley Riester had a game-high 17 points for the Eagles.
After going 1-3 during its recent four-game road trip, Southern Virginia returns home to The Barn for a welcome three-game home stand, which will also be the final three home games for men's basketball this season.
Watch live as the Knights kick off their three-game home stand against West Virginia University-Parkersburg on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Men's basketball defeated WVU-Parkersburg 90-72 back on Jan. 15.