Big Red outlasts Lancers

Published 2:27 pm Thursday, December 20, 2018

Longwood University’s men’s basketball team was competitive on the road Monday, but host Cornell University caught fire from three-point range and never cooled off, hitting 16 shots from beyond the arc to take down the Lancers 70-64 at Newman Arena.

The Big Red (5-5) shot an incredible 50 percent from three-point range, going 16-for-32 to become only the fourth team to reach the 70-point threshold against Longwood, which has the Big South Conference’s top-ranked scoring defense.

“You play your principles defensively, you play aggressively, and you don’t let them get into a rhythm,” Lancers Head Coach Griff Aldrich said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t do a whole lot of that.”

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“We’ve seen that happen a couple times this season where we’re not the aggressor defensively, offense comes easily, teams start to get into a rhythm, their shots start to feel good, and then they start to make shots,” he added.

Cornell’s three-point onslaught outpaced the second double-double of the season from Longwood junior point guard Shabooty Phillips, who led his team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jordan Cintron added 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Lancers (8-5) host Stetson University on Friday at 7 p.m.