Lancers take down CSU
Longwood's Tristan Carey poured in 37 points and the Lancers used a late 6-0 run to defeat Charleston Southern, 88-85, at the Buc Dome on Saturday night.
CSU (9-10, 3-3 BSC) took an 80-78 lead with 2:53 remaining on a tough turnaround jumper by Matt Kennedy. Kennedy tallied a career-high 28 points and was brilliant in carrying the load for the Bucs with both Arlon Harper and Saah Nimley on the bench for most of the second half due to injury.
Longwood (7-14, 2-4 BSC) answered back behind Karl Ziegler, though, to earn its second straight victory. Ziegler tipped in his own miss to tie the game at 80-80 and then twice got open in the CSU zone for layups. Longwood point guard Lucas Woodhouse found Ziegler both times, with the second giving the Lancers a 84-80 lead at the 39 second mark.
Will Saunders connected on his first three-pointer of the night to bring the Bucs within a point, and Kennedy buried another tough pull-up jumper to make the score 86-85 with ten seconds left following two Longwood free throws. The Lancers' Leron Fisher made two more clutch free throws, however, and Saunders' deep three from the right wing clanged off the rim at the buzzer, allowing Longwood to prevail.
"Congratulations to Longwood," CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. "They played a terrific game. It was all about our defensive execution, not about our offense. Execution is all about mental focus, not ability. When we mentally focus on what we need to do, we are capable of being the team we think we can be."
Kennedy was the definition of efficient for CSU, scoring his 28 points while going 10-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from three. Nimley and Harper went for 14 and 12 points, but both left with injuries. Harper went down late in the first half and did not return, while Nimley was sidelined after leaving the game early in the second.