Longwood falls at Dartmouth, 83-67
The Lancers (6-12) trailed 41-30 at halftime before battling back to tie the game at 52-52 with 10:24 remaining, and were within 64-59 at 5:33, before the Big Green (4-13) closed the game with a 19-8 run for their home victory. LU was led by senior Antwan Carter|St. Petersburg, Fla. (St. Petersburg) with game-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds in only 24 minutes while limited with foul trouble.
Dartmouth had five players in double-figure scoring, led by John Golden with a career-high 17 points and Jvonte Brooks with a career-high 16 points while posting a team season-high in points (83).
“We did a nice job fighting through some adversity and battling back to tie the game with about 10 minutes to go,” said ninth-year head coach Mike Gillian. “In the final six minutes or so, we were beaten by the same thing that put us in an early hole to begin with, made three-point shots. When we defend the three-point line well, it has proven to put us in position to succeed; when we don’t, like today, it makes it tough. We need to look forward now to Monday and prepare, to be prepared for what we’ll see out of FDU. It’s another opportunity for us, one to look forward to and take advantage of.”
Longwood never led at Dartmouth but after an early 3-3 tie was within 10-9 at 16:26 following back-to-back three-point field goals by senior Martiz Washington|Hopewell (Christchurch). The Big Green, however, scored 11-straight points to lead 21-9 at 12:01 as four different players scored points, including five from Jabari Trotter. The Lancers battled back, though, and were within 23-20 at 9:33 as Carter scored seven quick points. It remained close and the hosts still led by three points at 33-30 with 3:59 left in the half after a pair of free throw by senior Jeremiah Bowman|Washington, D.C. (Harcum JC). Dartmouth scored the last eight points of the period to lead 41-30 at halftime.
Dartmouth scored the first points of the second half to lead 43-30 at 19:24 before Longwood began battling back once-again. The Lancers used a 22-9 run to finally get back even at 52-52 with 10:24 on the clock as Carter scored eight points and Bowman had five points. LU was within 64-59 at 5:33 on another basket inside from Carter, but the Big Green had other ideas for the finish — outscoring the visitors 19-8 over the final 5:13, including nine points off the bench by David Rufful.
Carter led Longwood with his game-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late. Bowman finished with 14 points and a game-high six assists for the Lancers. Washington had 12 points on four three-pointers. LU shot 33% (23-70) from the field, including 29% (8-28) on three-pointers, and 77% (13-17) at the free throw line.
Golden led Dartmouth with his career-high 17 points, adding seven rebounds while making 5-6 three-pointers. Brooks added a career-high 16 points along with seven rebounds, while R.J. Griffin added 14 points for the Big Green. Rufful finished with 13 points off the bench, and Gabas Maldunas contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Dartmouth shot a season-high 56% (29-52) from the field, including a season-high 63% (10-16) on three-pointers, and 75% (15-20) at the line. The Big Green also posted a season-high of 83 points, surpassing their previous high of 74 points.