Longwood grabbed their 500th win in program history today with a 106-74 walk in the park against non Division I Penn State Beaver. The win puts Longwood at 4-8 on the season and will hopefully give the Lancers something to build on with over a week before their next game at Ball State.
Here are some observations from the game.
- Today’s win was the first time Longwood went over the 100 point mark since a win against Liberty in February of 2013. The 106 points scored is the most since the Lancers posted 111 against VMI in December 2011.
- Longwood likely could’ve won by a lot larger margin today as the main rotation and starters extended the lead over 40 points in the second half and PSU was really stuggling to score. Coach Gee let his freshmen and bench players, Isaac Belton and Tyler Akers, basically close out the last 8 to 10 minutes of the half and things got a little sloppy at times. At the very least it created a lot of teachable moments, especially for Kanayo Obi-Rapu who was the primary ball handler during the juncture.
- Although the starters and primary rotation looked good in the second half, the first half was a bit of a struggle. Longwood turned the ball over 13 times in the first stanza and only went into halftime with a 51-34 advantage.
- Shaq Johnson looked like a guy trying to make up for lost time after sitting out against Miami on Wednesday. Shaq posted a career high 22 points and also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He also had plenty of dunks which are sure to surface on the internet soon.
- Right behind Shaq was Quincy Taylor who finished with 19 points and 3 assists. Finishing off the “Big Three” was Lotanna Nwogbo with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks against the Nittany Lions.
- Ryan Badowski also had a nice afternoon and played with more energy than anyone else on the court. He finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds on the day and was a big reason why Longwood pulled away in this one.
- In a bit of off the court news, Jason Pimentel was on the Longwood bench for the first time this year. Pimentel was previously suspended indefinitely but has seemingly found his way back on the team with first semester closing. His status is still unknown, as he was in street clothes today, but he would obviously be a big boost in the post for Longwood.