Longwood Rolls Out To Campbell

The Opening Tip

• Longwood heads to Campbell for its first road Big South test.
• The Lancers have won four straight games and five of their past six amid a long stretch on the road.
• Longwood is in a stretch that sees them play seven of nine on the road. The team went 3-2 on a five game road swing in November and early December, their longest road trip of the year.
• The Lancers are one of two teams in the Big South with multiple true road wins. Longwood has three.
• Longwood is 5-1 when it has four or more players score in double figures. The Lancers have done it in back-to-back games (High Point-12/29; South Carolina State-12/20).
• Longwood has four players averaging in double figures: Isaiah Wilkins (13.3), Leslie Nkeruwem (10.6), Wallyn Napper (10.3) and DeShaun Wade (10.1). Four more average at least 7.0.
• Wilkins was named to the Watch List for the 2022-23 Lou Henson Award, which is given annually to the top mid-major player at the Division I level.

Last Time Out

• Longwood used a strong close in both the first and second half to take down High Point 87-73 in the team’s conference opener.
• Five players scored in double figures for the Lancers, one game after seven scored in double figures against South Carolina State.
Isaiah Wilkins tied a career high with 25 points while also tying a career high with five made threes.
Nate Lliteras attacked the glass relentlessly, posting his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He added a pair of blocks.
Zach Watson (14 pts), Wallyn Napper (10 pts) and Jesper Granlund (10 pts) all hit double figures.
• Four players had at least three offensive rebounds as the Lancers grabbed 19 offensive boards in the game.
• Longwood used a 21-5 run to close the first half and an 11-0 run to end the game to secure the win.

By The Numbers

• Longwood’s three true road wins are the most for the Lancers through non-conference play for the first time since joining the Big South. The Lancers did win three away from Farmville in 2018-19, but one was a neutral site contest.
• The Lancers have won four straight amid a stretch that sees them play seven of nine on the road.
• Over the team’s past two games, they have grabbed 40 offensive rebounds. The team’s 21 offensive boards against South Carolina State were the most since 2010 when the team was an independent.
• Longwood’s offense has been on a tear in Willett Hall this season. The Lancers have scored at least 90 points in five of the six games on their home court.
• Longwood’s bench has been a big point of strength, with the Lancers ranking 20th in the nation with 31.3 bench points per game. It is the top mark in the Big South
• This season, Longwood is 5-1 when four players score at least 10 points, and the team is unbeaten if five or more players achieve the feat (4-0).
• The Lancer offense is 45th in the nation in scoring at 79.6 points per game, which is the second-highest mark in the Big South.
• The Lancers have also been deadly from beyond the three-point line this season, with the team ranking 45th in three-point percentage in the nation. Longwood is shooting .379 from three, which is also second in the Big South.
• Longwood is No. 127 in the NCAA Net Rankings, the highest-rated club in the Big South.
• The team is also the top-rated squad in the Kenpom ratings, checking in at No. 142.
• The Lancers average 14.3 assists per game, the top mark in the Big South. The team has assisted on more than 50 percent of their baskets.
• Five players average at least 1.5 assists per game.
• Longwood’s 1.2. Assist-to-turnover ratio leads the Big South


“We had some really good stretches of basketball where the guys did an incredible job creating some separation and went up 12. We ended the half very well in the first. That was terrific. And then when it was a two-point game, and they extended [the lead] and responded positively again. That was a great response. I was really proud of the guys for that. That shows a lot of resilience and toughness to weather a storm and come back and get the win.”

— Longwood head coach Griff Aldrich on his team’s mental toughness and ability to close halves against High Point

Series History
• Longwood has won three straight against Campbell, but all three have been decided by 10 points or less.
DeShaun Wade posted 20 points in the season finale last year, a 60-55 win. Longwood went 7-9 from three in the second half in Buies Creek.
• In the first matchup last year, Longwood ripped off 45 second-half points to win 72-64.


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