Game #9-158: Southern Virginia at Longwood LancersDecember 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Henry I. Willet, Jr. Hall
As I said earlier this year
, I hate playing non-Division I teams! As I'm sure many have gathered this year, the Big South is certainly having a down year with a slew of young teams. I did the math and fifty-eight percent of the wins from the Big South teams this year have come against non-DI schools. You read that right 5-8, not a typo.
The journey to Farmville on Thursday was one filled with fear in my heart. You never know how these games are going to go. It can be a blowout or it can be a sloppy mess. It didn't help that Campbell University lost the night before to a 3-6 NAIA team, Rio Grande University (which is nowhere near the Rio Grande by the way). The Camels were actually picked to win the Big South's North Division. I'm pretty happy this year that most Big South schools are playing three of these non-DI opponents, but Longwood is only playing two.
Longwood's opponent on this night was Southern Virginia University. It was the eighth meeting between these two squads and Longwood had not lost to the Knights since they were a Division II school in the 03-04 season. SVU is a Mormon school that features nothing but white guys, which may be the rarest of rare this day and age. Obviously, they get heckled a whole lot because of this, but in the end it's completely meaningless for the provisional Division III member who came into the night at 6-2. It's cool to see a school that has played NAIA for basically its whole history grow on a slightly smaller level than that of Longwood in their jump to Division III. I wish them all the good luck in the world.
The game started out like the aforementioned blowout scenario. Longwood was cruising along, testing different lineups and up 44-28 at the half. I realized a couple minutes in that this game might be radio broadcaster Scott Bacon's worst nightmare. Not only was Southern Virginia made up of all-white, mostly around 6'1, blonde white dudes...but three of their starters had the last name Jacobson. That's right...Anders, Jonathan, and Isaac. Is their more of a nightmare for a radio guy? Jacobson passes to Jacobson...REBOUND JACOBSON!
Beyond the Jacobson experience, one of the grossest moments of the season came late in the second half. Longwood starting forward David Robinson (not that one
) took a nasty elbow to the grill on a drive from an SVU player. It was unintentional but it was enough to gross out Longwood star TT Carey who looked disgusted when getting a glimpse of DRob's face. It hasn't been confirmed, but it sounds like he lost a tooth or two and he didn't return for the second half of action.
Longwood built their lead to 21 early in the second half, but to Southern Virginia's credit they made adjustments and came to play. The Knights started to play a zone press defense that gave Longwood all sorts of trouble. The lead was down to 14 at the under 8 timeout. Then the bottom dropped out! SVU cut the game to 76-72 and I had one of those throw up in your mouth moments in the stands. Thankfully the Lancers then went on a 10-2 run and closed this baby out 86-74.
On the night TT Carey had 25 points and Longwood's Swiss Army Knife (who I'm sure is a TMM favorite by now) had his sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 boards . I'm sure everyone is wondering so I'll let you know that the Jacobsons combined for 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists. Just short of the classic Jacobson family triple-double of victory.
I left historic Willett Hall checking my phone and noticing College of Charleston got blown out by D2 Anderson. Phew.... just glad it wasn't Longwood and I'm glad I'm done worrying about these pesky black liners for another year.at LONGWOOD 86, SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 74
LONGWOOD 3-7 (0-0) -- M. Kessens 7-16 2-4 16; T. Carey 10-13 4-4 25; N. Brown 4-9 4-6 12; K. Ziegler 4-6 2-3 10; J. Dublin 4-7 0-0 8; J. Havenstein 1-2 0-0 2; L. Woodhouse 3-5 1-2 7; D. Robinson 1-3 4-7 6; S. Shockley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-61 17-26 86.
Three-point goals: - , LONG 1-8 (T. Carey 1-3; D. Robinson 0-1; N. Brown 0-2; M. Kessens 0-1; L. Woodhouse 0-1); Rebounds: , LONG 41 (M. Kessens 11); Assists: , LONG 21 (L. Woodhouse 6); Total Fouls -- , LONG 15; Fouled Out: -; LONG-None.