Lancer men begin road showdown at Morgan State

OPENING TIP

• Longwood begins a two-game stretch with a trip to Baltimore to face Morgan State on Sunday afternoon.
• The team started the year with six of its first eight at home. The Lancers, at 7-1, are on pace for their best start at the Division I level and their best start since the team went 7-1 in the 2000-01 season and is a Division II team.
• For the Lancers, six of their next eight games are on the road, including the conference opener.
• Longwood has won 31 straight games on the road Griff Aldrich since taking the helm in 2018-19.
• The team has finished .500 or better on the road in each of the last two years.
• Longwood’s seven-game winning streak is tied for the third-longest at the Division I level. It’s the fifth time the team has won at least seven straight at this level, all but once under Aldrich.

LAST TIME OUT

• Longwood cruised to its seventh straight victory with a 95-46 win over Newport News Apprentice School on Thursday, Nov. 30.
• All 12 players who played in the game scored for Longwood in the win.
Shimon Zapala scored the first six points for Longwood and had a double-double in the first half. He finished the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds in 13 minutes.
Wallin Napper was perfect from the floor, going 8-8 while adding 17 points and six assists of his own.
Saxby Sunderland added a career-high 10 points and Longwood’s offense recorded a season-best 17 assists on 38 shots.
• The Lancer defense held the visitors to eight shots in each half while forcing 19 turnovers.

WITH THE NUMBERS

• Longwood is 1-1 on the road this season and the team has won 31 games on the road since the start of the 2018-19 season.
• In true road games, Longwood has finished .500 or better in each of the last two seasons (8-8 in 2022-23 | 7-5 in 2021-22).
• Longwood’s defense is allowing the fewest points per game, 61.4, in the Big South and has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points three times this season.
• Four times Longwood has held an opponent under a .365 shooting percentage. The team’s field goal percentage of .379 is the best mark in the Big South.
• The Lancers have won the battle on the glass seven times in eight games and are 6-1 when they win the battle on the boards.
• Longwood has hit the offensive glass hard this season, grabbing at least 13 offensive rebounds in six games this season.
• The team’s 14.9 offensive boards per game rank 19th in the nation and serve as the top mark in the Big South.
Shimon Zapala and Michael Christmas both rank in the top 130 in the nation in offensive tackles per game. Zapala is 64th (3.0) and Christmas is 13th (2.6). The duo placed second and fifth, respectively, in the Big South.
• Offensively, Longwood gets to the free throw line and ranks 17th in the nation in free throws attempted per game. The Lancers average 27 free throw attempts per contest.
• Longwood has shot at least 30 free throws in a game three times this season and is 3-0 in those contests.
• The Lancers are also 6-1 when attempting more free throws than their opponent.
Jonathan Massey is 46th in the nation and leads Longwood with 47 free throw attempts.
• Longwood scored 126 points for a second chance. Three times the team had at least 20 second-chance points in a game.
• The Lancer offense ranks third in the Big South with 79 points per game.
• Longwood shares the offensive load, with three players ranking in the Big South’s top 25 in scoring. Jonathan Massey is eighth with 14.1 points per game, while Wallin Napper is 16th (13 pg) and Michael Christmas is 17th (12.7 points per goal).

QUOTATION
“We have to have purpose, we have to have relentless effort, we have to have urgent focus to win every single possession. I think that’s one of the biggest steps this team saw this weekend.”
— Head Coach Longwood Griff Aldrich said after completing the Brock Challenge.

SERIES HISTORY

All-time record against Morgan State 2-2
Under the direction of Coach Aldrich 1-1
Current series 1W
First date W 75-73 (3.2.2007)
Last meeting W 94-55 (12/11/2021)

• Each team is 2-0 at home in four meetings.
• Justin Hill and DeShaun Wade the Longwood Key the last time the two played had 21 points apiece. The two went 7-10 from three combined.
• The last time Longwood was in Baltimore, Stanley Davis led Morgan State with 18 points. Jaylen Wilson scored 15 points for Longwood.

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