Longwood on the national stage in Georgetown on Tuesday

Longwood on the national stage in Georgetown on Tuesday

Men’s basketball

The opening advice

• Longwood brings its advanced defense to the Deep South in the nation’s capital on Tuesday for a 7 pm showdown against Georgetown at Capital One Arena.
• The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2, marking Longwood’s second nationally televised game this season. The Lancers also played in Iowa on the Big Ten Network in Game 1 of the season.
• In addition to scoring defense (60.3 o-ppg.), Longwood also leads the Great South in scoring margin (+14.6), defensive goal percentage (0.388), rebound margin (+ 9.3) and offensive rebound percentage (0.387).
• Longwood held six consecutive opponents under 65 points, the longest streak on the program since 1984-85. This year’s Longwood team is the only Lancer team to give up less than 65 points for more than four straight games since the NCAA adopted the three-point line starting in the 1986-87 season.

Last time
• Old Dominion forward Mekhi Long buzzed off a winning layup to take the Monarchs to a 62-61 win over Longwood on Friday at Chartway Arena.
• Trailing 61-60 after the leader of Longwood Justin hill gave the Lancers a one point lead with two free throws, Long circled a Jaylin Hunter pass under Longwood’s basket and beat the Glass Throws defense to cash out the game winner.
• Long’s winning bucket ended a back-and-forth end-of-game streak that saw the leader change hands eight times in the final 5:45.
• Longwood overcame a three-point deficit in the 1:20 final when Isaiah Wilkins and Hill had four straight free throws on back-to-back possessions, Hill getting the nod after battling for an offensive rebound and fouling with 9.0 seconds left.

By the numbers
• Longwood has shot 0.486 (54 of 111) from the field in the last 10 minutes of games this season, compared to 0.439 (130 of 296) in the first 30 minutes. Leslie Nkereuwem shoots 9 of 11 in the last 10 minutes.
• Nkereuwem ranks eighth nationally for the percentage of goals scored at 0.727 (40 of 55).
• Longwood’s opponents are averaging just 60.3 points per game, which ranks among the best in the Deep South. Only two teams – Iowa and Old Dominion – have scored more than 55 points against Longwood so far.
• Eight different Lancers have scored in double digits this season, led by Nkereuwem in five such games.
• Longwood is averaging 35.0 points per game from his bench and has collected at least 18 points from his reserves in each game. Nkereuwem leads all of those benchers, and Longwood overall, with a record 12.9 points per game.
• Longwood point guards Justin hill and Jordan perkins have combined for 52 assists and just 16 turnovers in Longwood’s first seven games and have Longwood among the Deep South’s top three in assists and assists-to-return ratio.
• Longwood contributed 54.2 percent of all baskets made, which is the third highest clip in the Deep South.
• Only four Lancers have spent more than two seasons in the Longwood program: senior DeShaun Wade, junior Leslie Nkereuwem & second year redshirt Nate Lliteras and Cameron O’Conner. Half of Longwood’s 2021-22 roster is made up of newcomers, including five transfers from Division I.
• At 6-4, 220 pounds, Virginia Tech / Wake Forest transfer Isaiah Wilkins is the best rebounding guard in the Great South with 6.7 boards per game. He already has a double-double to his name, as well as three games with at least eight boards.

“I’ve heard Coach Griff preaching three things for three years: effort, focus and attitude. If your attitude is right, your mindset is right, you play this game with joy and passion, and you focus on executing the little details and giving 100 percent of effort to do all of those things, the results will be where they are. That’s what he tells us every day – focus on the process and the things you can. “
– Longwood senior DeShaun Wade on the culture of Longwood

History of the series
• Longwood and Georgetown meet for the second time in series history Friday in Washington, DC
• Georgetown won the first round of the 89-53 series on December 10, 2012, in Washington. The Hoyas were then ranked n ° 23 nationally.
• The last Big East nemesis Longwood faced was DePaul in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals. The Blue Demons won this game 97-89 in Chicago on March 25, 2019.
• The last Big South foe Georgetown faced was Campbell on November 24, 2018. The Hoyas won this game.
• Longwood’s last trip to Washington, DC, was December 28, 2019 to play George Washington.


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