FARMVILLE, Va. – FGCU freshman forward Anthony Banks (Lantana, Fla.) scored a career-high 19 points, but Longwood (1-8) held on for a 82-75 victory over the Eagles (0-6, 0-0 A-Sun) at Willett Hall, Saturday afternoon.
“We had some great individual performances,” said FGCU head coach Dave Balza.”Banks, Brown and Miller had career days, but in the end, we couldn’t come up with some big stops on the defensive end.”
Antwan Carter led five Lancers in double-figures with 20 points. Dana Smith added a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Kevin Swercker scored 17 points, Aaron Mitchell added 13 points and Martiz Washington chipped in 10 points. Banks scored 10 of his points for the Eagles in the second half as FGCU guard’s Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla.) and Hunter Miller (Nashville Tenn.) added a career-best with 14 and 10 points respectively.
The Eagles built an eight-point lead midway through the first half after a 12-2 run was capped by a jumper from Banks to put FGCU up 16-8. Despite FGCU shooting 40.6 percent from the field in the first half, Longwood clawed back and used a 9-0 run to take a 25-22 lead with 5:44 left in the half. The Eagles managed to regain the lead for the second time in the half off two Derrick O’Neil (Moreno Valley, Calif.) free throws, but two three-pointers under the one minute mark by Mitchell gave the Lancers a 36-32 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Lancers gained a 12 points advantage, but FGCU used a 13-5 run to pull within two points at the 11:55 mark. Banks scored six of the Eagles 13 points during that stretch to make the score 58-56 Longwood.
FGCU went on and hit 13 of their next 14 free throws, and eventually pulled the score even at 73-73 with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
With the game tied, Smith sparked the Longwood offense as they embarked on a 9-2 run to secure the seven point win.
Longwood’s defense limited FGCU to just 10 percent (1-10) shooting from behind the arc. FGCU did use 19 offensive rebounds to outscore the Lancers 15-12 in second chance points, as they held a 44-37 advantage in total rebounds.
The Eagles will have a full week to prepare for their next game, a Dec. 12 clash against Florida International at Alico Arena. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be the final day of the Toys for Tots Collections. For tickets, please contact the Alico Arena Box Office at (239) 590-7145.