Longwood Lancers cruise to seventh straight win in blowout

Published 1:05 am Friday, December 1, 2023

FARMVILLE – Everyone that took the court for the Longwood Lancers scored on Thursday night. All total, 12 Lancers scored, led by Szymon Zapala and Walyn Napper, as the Lancers beat the Newport News Apprentice School 95-46. 

The win at the Joan Perry Brock Center served as Longwood’s seventh straight win, tying the third longest winning streak at the Division I level. The team also improved to 7-1 on the young campaign, extending their best start at the Division I level.

In addition, the win keeps Longwood unbeaten in the Joan Perry Brock Center, as the Lancers are now 6-0 in their new home.

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Longwood force-fed Zapala the basketball early, and the 7-0 center powered his way to six straight points over the first 90 seconds. He had his second career double-double by halftime, and he finished with 13 rebounds on the night, a career best, along with a pair of blocks.

Napper chipped in seven points in the first half and added 10 after halftime. He also was a perfect 8-8 from the floor, and he posted six assists as well to get the Longwood offense humming early.

The Lancers posted a season-best 17 assists on 38 made shots while shooting .576 from the floor. He also led Longwood with six assists as part of a Lancer attack that had a season-high 17 assists on 38 made shots.

Saxby Sunderland also added a career best 10 points, with five points in each half.

Defensively, the Lancers were opportunistic while limiting clean looks for the visitors. The Builders shot .276 (16-58) from the floor, and Longwood forced 19 turnovers while not allowing a visiting player to score in double figures. The Lancers had a dozen steals on the evening, and Emanuel Richards keyed the effort with a career best five.

Longwood Lancers go on the road

Now, the Lancers turn their attention to back-to-back road games that sandwich finals week. Longwood heads to Morgan State on Sunday afternoon, December 3, for a 2 p.m. tip. Then the team heads to Delaware State on Saturday, December 9 for a 2 p.m. tip. Both games will air on the radio on WVHL 92.9 Kickin’ Country.