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New-look Lancers win opener

While leading Longwood University’s men’s basketball team to a breakthrough 2018-19 season, Lancers Head Coach Griff Aldrich and his staff were also busy restocking the Lancer lineup for the follow-up in 2019-20, and in Tuesday night’s season opener, Aldrich put the fruits of his first full recruiting cycle on full display, a Longwood Athletics press release cited.

In a team-wide effort that saw six newcomers make their Longwood debuts and six returners carry forward momentum from last year’s run to the College Basketball Invitational, the Lancers took care of Marymount University 73-51 in Willett Hall, officials stated in the release.

The release highlighted how Longwood freshman Leslie Nkereuwem ruled the boards with 11 rebounds, newcomer Christian Wilson led the way with 12 points, and Jordan Cintron, DeShaun Wade and Jaylon Wilson joined him in scoring in double figures with 10 points apiece.

Redshirt sophomore Juan Munoz dished a career-high seven assists, and as a team the Lancers shot 61.7%, going 29-of-47 for their most efficient home-court shooting performance since a 67.2%, 43-of-64 effort against North Carolina Wesleyan College on Nov. 26, 2017, the release noted.

Officials cited in the release that even Longwood’s bench — seven strong on Tuesday night — contributed 38 points with the team’s leaders in points, assists and rebounds all coming from outside the starting lineup.

“We really are right now blessed with a lot of depth,” Aldrich said in the release. “… That’s a huge blessing that we have right now, particularly on the perimeter. I think that’s going to probably be one of the calling cards for this team, and frankly it has been in our early scrimmages.”

The Lancers (1-0) visit George Mason University on Friday, Nov. 8, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.