Once again, the Longwood men’s basketball team fell on the road. The visiting Lancers took the 79-67 defeat at Gardner Webb last night. I know we sound like a broken record, but this team was incredibly competitive in this contest especially considering G-Webb is one of the teams now tied for first place in the conference.
The first note I jotted down from this game was at the 7:25 mark in the first half. Leron Fisher drained a three to give Longwood a one point lead at 26-25. The problem was, from there the Bulldogs outscored the Lancers 12-4 to take a 37-30 lead into halftime. I thought it was a deciding part of this contest.
The entire game was pretty fast paced overall. The Lancers like to run and get baskets in transition and really it was probably not a bad idea for Coach Gee and company. There’s no way they could play Jerome Hill in the half court (as evidenced by his 31 points). The hectic pace is probably the main reason Longwood was able to stick around until the Lancers tried the foul game late in the contest.
My main concern from this game was the fact that, at times, Longwood’s offense seemed to rush their opportunities. When they were sped up by G-Webb, the Lancers committed turnovers (17 on the night). At other times, Longwood used the extra pass to create scoring opportunities.
Without Lotanna Nwogbo, this game will be the normal grind it out performance for Longwood. It seems like every Big South Network broadcaster mentions how impressive this Longwood team looks. Without their paint presence, they’re not able to get over the hump though.
As for some other player observations, Victor Dorsey played well considering the circumstances. The freshman has been thrown into the fire and is playing tough. He gets beat of course but his energy seems to be really helping the cause. He also had 6 points last night and flashed his mid range game. Leron Fisher was incredible. In fact, I’m not sure why i’m just talking about him now. The redshirt junior has really stepped up his game in recent weeks. He tallied 25 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals on the night. Qunicy Taylor was sort of M.I.A. That’s probably because he busted his mouth on the hardwood in the first half. Coach Gee said Q wouldn’t admit that the injury bothered him but it probably affected his second half performance. Finally, Shaq was Shaq last night. He had a solid offensive night although he had a couple of bad turnovers. Shaq plays incredibly hard and you can tell he’s trying to will this team to wins.
The good news is Longwood has 6 days off before they host UNC Asheville on January 28. Expect a big turnout from the Andrew Rowsey bunch as they showed out last year in Willett Hall.
As always, show up and stand up. This team is fighting hard for Lancer Nation.