Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team snapped a two-game slide at home on Wednesday with a 101-64 win over West Virginia University-Parkersburg as the Knights extended their home winning streak to a school record 26 games.
"I was happy with the effort and focus tonight," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo who has guided Southern Virginia (13-6) to its best record ever through 19 games. "One of our goals tonight was to establish our inside game first and then work out from there and we did that. We had great hustle from our bigs tonight."
Jed Harr (St. George, Utah) had a career day for the Knights against WVU-Parkersburg (10-12) as the sophomore center poured in 20 points off Southern Virginia's bench on 9-for-10 shooting, while also grabbling 7 boards.
Southern Virginia's starting center, senior Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.), also had a career outing against the Riverhawks with 5 blocked shots, 11 rebounds and 8 points.
As a team, the Knights shot a season-high 59.1 percent (39-for-66) on Wednesday on route to their highest offensive output of the season (101 points).
"We did a good job pushing the ball in transition," Caputo said. "Isaac [Jacobson] and Anders [Jacobson] did a nice job distributing the ball throughout the game."
Junior Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) finished with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while also handing out a game-high 8 assists. Meanwhile older brother Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go along with his 7 assists. Southern Virginia finished with a season-high 23 assists against WVU-Parkersburg.
Sophomore John Woodson (Kansas City, Mo.) also had a solid game for the Knights off the bench going 2-for-3 from behind the arc for 8 points.
For the second consecutive game Southern Virginia's defense held its opponent to under 35 percent shooting as the Riverhawks finished 22-for-63 (34.9 percent) for the game.
"Our defense is doing a better job lately of stopping penetration and contesting shots as well," said Caputo.
Men's basketball will play the second of three consecutive home games on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. against Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Knights defeated the Dragons in both of their previous meetings this year winning 81-54 on Dec. 8 and 82-54 on Jan. 11.
Watch live as Southern Virginia goes for its third win this season over Virginia-Lynchburg, as well as its 27th consecutive win in The Barn.