FARMVILLE, Va. – Charleston Southern plays its second game in the span of 48 hours Saturday at Longwood. Tipoff at Willett Hall in Farmville, Va., is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans can also listen to coverage on csusports.com.
CSU (6-9, 0-2 Big South) comes off a 94-82 loss to Hampton, as a mostly strong performance was spoiled by a 23-2 Pirate run late in the second half. Longwood (11-6, 1-1 Big South) rebounded from a tough loss to preseason favorite Radford in its league opener, as the Lancers downed UNC Asheville 67-62 on Thursday.
The Bucs will be bidding to stay perfect in Farmville and claim their sixth straight win in the series, but figure to face a much-improved Lancer squad under first-year coach Griff Aldrich. Longwood's ten non-conference victories tied Gardner-Webb for the most in the Big South, and the Lancers have already eclipsed their win total from a year ago by four.
Longwood has established its identity defensively, pacing the Big South in field-goal percentage defense (21st nationally) and scoring defense (36th). Isaiah Walton (17.3 PPG) and Shabooty Phillips (13.9 PPG) have formed a dynamic backcourt, averaging over 30 points per contest. The Lancers also enter Saturday's matchup among conference leaders in rebounding margin (3rd) and made three-pointers per game.
Longwood has been turnover prone, ranking ninth in the circuit in turnovers per game and turnover margin, and tenth in assist-to-turnover ratio. CSU, meanwhile, continues to lead the league and rank among national leaders in turnovers forced (2nd nationally), turnover margin (4th) and steals per game (12th).
Following Saturday's game, CSU will have a week off before hosting Campbell on Jan. 19.
Bucs succumb to Hampton rally
CSU led by eight points at halftime and by 12 early in the second half, but Hampton recorded a 23-2 run late in the second stanza to rally past the Bucs, 94-82. CSU erased an early ten-point deficit to take a 48-40 halftime lead, and pushed its cushion to 54-42 on Deontaye Buskey's three-pointer with 18:40 left. The Bucs still led 70-63 following two Christian Keeling free throws at the 10:31 mark, but Hampton ripped off a 23-2 run over the ensuing 7:01 en route to winning its first-ever Big South game.
Fleming posts first career double-double
Phlandrous Fleming Jr. recorded his first-ever double-double with 23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Hampton. The sophomore has shown little signs of rust since returning after missing the season's first 12 games with an injury. Fleming is averaging 17 points, 6.7 rebounds and nearly three assists through three games.
Keeling moves to tenth on CSU career scoring list
Keeling moved past Dave Kirk (1987-91) for tenth place on CSU's career scoring list. The junior has jumped all the way from 21st on that chart since the beginning of the season. Last year, Keeling earned Second Team All-Big South honors while becoming just the fifth player in conference history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore.