Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team completed its season sweep of Virginia University of Lynchburg on Saturday as the Knights defeated the Dragons 75-58 and extended their school record home winning streak to 27 games.
Coming into Saturday's matchup with the Dragons, Southern Virginia (14-6) had defeated Virginia-Lynchburg (9-20) by nearly identical margins in both previous meetings this season, winning 81-54 on Dec. 8, 2012 and 82-54 on Jan. 11, 2013.
"It's always difficult to beat the same team three times in a single season, especially when that team is as talented as Virginia-Lynchburg," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo, who has led the Knights to their best record ever through 20 games this season. "Today wasn't the prettiest game we've played, but we won with defense and I was proud of the way our team competed."
Southern Virginia held Virginia-Lynchburg to only 40.7 percent (22-for-54) shooting the game and 58 points total, which helped the Knights overcome a cold shooting game from behind the arc connecting on only 1-for-14 attempts from 3-point range.
Despite a cold night from behind the arc, the Knights made 60.9 percent (25-for-41) of their 2-point attempts against Virginia-Lynchburg, while also hitting 75.9 percent (22-for-29) of their free-throw attempts.
"Our threes weren't falling today," Caputo said. "So we put them away and drove to the basket, which allowed us to shoot a high percentage from inside the arc, as well as a good number of free throws."
Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah), who leads Southern Virginia with 15.8 points per game this season, had another stellar offensive performance on Saturday scoring 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field, marking the fourth time this season the senior shooting guard has scored 20 or more in a game.
Southern Virginia's 27-game home winning streak, which began nearly three years ago with a 74-63 win over Bluefield College on Feb. 20, 2010, will face its toughest test of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as the Knights face West Virginia University-Institute of Technology (18-10) at 7 p.m. in The Barn.
WVU-Tech handed the Knights an 87-74 loss on Feb. 6 in Montgomery, W.VA., however, Southern Virginia has not lost to the same team twice this entire season.
Watch live as the Knights honor their six seniors—Andrew Bailey (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) and Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.) and go a perfect 8-0 record at home this season.