Southern Virginia Ends Road Trip with Two Losses at Clarion Inn Thanksgiving Tournament

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—The Southern Virginia University men's basketball team dropped both of its games at the Clarion Inn Thanksgiving Tournament over the weekend falling on Friday to host-school Colorado Mesa University 54-79 followed by a 72-70 loss on Saturday afternoon to Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Southern Virginia trailed Colorado Mesa by only four points (35-39) at halftime of Friday's game, but the Knights managed just 19 second-half points on the way to a 25-point loss (54-79) to the Mavericks. 

Junior guard Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah) was the only Knight to reach double figures against Colorado Mesa scoring 16 points while hitting 3-of-5 from behind the arc. 

On Saturday, Southern Virginia fought back from a 12-point halftime deficit to take a two-point lead (64-62) over Colorado State-Pueblo on an Isaac Jacobson 3-pointer with just under four minutes left in the contest.

Colorado State-Pueblo responded to the Knights' first lead of the game with an 8-0 run making it 64-70 with 1:59 remaining. Southern Virginia answered back with the game's next six points capped by a Justin Langford layup with 31 ticks left on the clock tying the score at 70 apiece.

Southern Virginia was unable to pull out the win, however, as Colorado State-Pueblo's Ty Trahern scored with 17 seconds left, followed by a missed 3-point attempt from Nye as the Knight's dropped their sixth straight game after beginning the season with three wins. 

Nye led the Knights for the second consecutive game with 17 points, while grabbing six rebounds in the loss. Langford (Canby, Ore.) had the best game of his young career against Rocky Mountain scoring 16 off the bench on an impressive 5-of-7 from the field, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

I. Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss.

Southern Virginia (3-6) returns home from its ten-game, five-day road trip to host Virginia Intermont College on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The Knights played at Virginia Intermont on Nov. 9 and defeated the Cobras 91-79 on their home court.

Watch live as the Knights go for a season sweep of Virginia Intermont.