Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Fueled by a season-high 24 points from senior Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team completed a perfect 8-0 record at home on Tuesday with a 73-52 win over the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in front of a ruckus crowd on Senior Night.
Tuesday's victory also extended Southern Virginia's current home winning streak to a school record 28 games.
The Knights impressive home streak, which began nearly three years ago to the day with a 74-63 win over Bluefield College on Feb. 20, 2010, now spans four seasons, including perfect home records during each of the past three seasons (8-0 in 2010-11; 10-0 in 2011-12; 8-0 in 2012-13).
"I am so happy for our six seniors, who went out tonight on such a high note," said first-year Head Coach Tony Caputo, who has Southern Virginia (15-6) off to its best start ever through 21 games. "We're so thankful to all of our fans and supporters, who make this such a special place to play. We have one of the best crowds in all of college sports."
After honoring its six seniors—Andrew Bailey (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), I. Jacobson, Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) and Seth Richins (Mesa, Ariz.)—prior to Tuesday's tip-off, Southern Virginia got off to a slow against WVU-Tech (18-11), scoring only eleven points over the opening ten minutes of play leading to a six-point deficit (18-11) for the Knights at the 9:50 mark.
Following a 30-second timeout called by Coach Caputo, Southern Virginia outscored WVU-Tech 16-8 over the final 9:30 of the first half, capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from I. Jacobson that gave the Knights a 27-26 lead heading into intermission.
Southern Virginia carried its momentum into the second half and outscored the Golden Bears 46-26 during the final 20 minutes of action as the Knights avenged their 87-74 loss at WVU-Tech just 13 days ago.
Senior point guard I. Jacobson led all scorers with 24 points on an efficient 8-for-12 shooting night, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc, to go along with his game-high 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Senior shooting guard Nye added 16 points and 4 assists for the Knights, while Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) finished with 11 points despite limited first-half action due to early foul trouble.
"Isaac [Jacobson] and Casey [Nye] have been consistent leaders for us all season long," Caputo said. "Tonight was no different. It was great to see them play so well in the final home game of their respective careers."
I. Jacobson will finish his three-year career (2010-13) at Southern Virginia with a perfect 26-0 record at home, while Nye, who lost only one game during his four-year career (2009-13) as a Knight, will finish with more home wins (36-1) than any other player in program history.
Five of Southern Virginia's six seniors—Bailey, Brooks, I. Jacobson, J. Jacobson and Richins—transfered to the university during various points of the Knights' 28-game home winning streak and never suffered a loss in The Barn.
Tuesday also marked the fourth consecutive game in which the Knights held their opponent below 42 percent shooting as the Golden Bears finished only 19-for-46 for the game.
The Knights also pulled down a season-high 21 offensive rebounds against WVU-Tech on route to a 39-28 rebounding advantage for the game.
Men's Basketball will close out its 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Barber Scotia. The Knights defeated Barber Scotia 76-56 in their only previous meeting of the season back on Nov. 20, 2012.