Lancers Run Past Knights 84-103

Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

FARMVILLE, Va.—The Southern Virginia University basketball team lost at NCAA Division I Longwood University for the fifth straight season on Thursday night falling to the Lancers 84-103 at Willet Hall.

Four different Knights scored in double figures at Longwood (8-14) as freshman Justin Langford led the way with a career-high 18 points on 9-for-15 shooting in addition to his team-high seven rebounds.

Casey Nye was Southern Virginia's second leading scorer with 13, while Isaac Jacobson and Payton Brooks each chipped in 10 points during Thursday's loss. 

Southern Virginia (9-9) had a three-point lead over the Lancers more than nine minutes into the game when Ed Greenhalgh's only basket of the evening put the Knights up 18-15 with 11:43 to go in the first half.

Longwood responded by scoring 11 straight over the next two minutes to go up 18-26 at the 9:31 mark. With momentum from their 11-0 run, the Lancers pushed their lead over the Knights to 19 points (33-51) by halftime.

After falling behind by 20 early in the second half, the Knights cut their deficit down to 13 points (55-68) on a made Travis Van Noy jump shot with 12:35 left on the clock, before the Lancers rolled off a 10-2 run making it 57-78 with just over ten minutes left to play, essentially ending any threat of a Southern Virginia comeback.

Longwood shot a scorching 63.0 percent from the field and 60 percent (12-for-20) from behind the arc against Southern Virginia.

The Knights return home on Saturday, Feb. 3 to host the Valley Forge Christian College Patriots (18-5) who come into Buena Vista, Va. riding a nine-game winning streak.

Watch live as men's basketball goes for its 18th straight win at home in The Barn at 2 p.m. EDT.

Highlights from Thursday's game at Longwood are available on YouTube.