January 11, 2012

Longwood Topples Brown, 79-77, On Last Second Shot

Providence, Rhode Island - Senior guard Jeremiah Bowman scored on a driving lay-up with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift Longwood to a 79-77 non-league win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts the Lancers to 6-11 overall, while Brown falls to 5-11 on the season.
 

Longwood grabbed a 77-75 lead on a lay-up by Antwan Carter with 1:10 remaining, but Brown sophomore guard Sean McGonagill tied the game, 77-77, on two free throws with 23.6 seconds left on the clock.  Following a time-out, Bowman scored the game-winning hoop on a strong drive to the basket with just 2.2 seconds left on the clock.

 

McGonagill scored 21 of his game high 30 points in the first half, and connected on a career high six treys.  He sizzled from the field, hitting 8 of 14 field goals, 8 of 10 free throws and 6 of 10 from behind the three-point arc.

 

Bears' junior forward Andrew McCarthy also had a strong game with 16 points and a career high 19 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Brown player since Matt Mullery grabbed 20 rebounds against Harvard on March 6, 2009. Junior guard Stephen Albrecht also scored in double figures for the Bears with 15 points.

 

Carter led the Lancers with 20 points on 11 of 20 shooting from the field, while completing the double-double with 12 rebounds.  Bowman connected on 8 of 12 field goals in scoring 19 points. Jan van der Kooij scored 14 points, Tristan Carey had 13 points and Martiz Washington added 10 points as all five Longwood starters scored in double figures.

 

Trailing 46-41 at the half, Longwood rallied to grab a 54-52 lead on a free throw by Jeremiah Bowman with 13:12 remaining.

 

Four lead changes later, Brown pulled ahead by a 75-68 margin with 3:49 left to play on a McCarthy lay-up. Longwood scored the game's next nine points to pull ahead, 77-75, on Bowman's lay-up with 1:10 remaining.

 

The Bears opened the game by building a 25-17 advantage with 11:41 left in the first half on a three-point barrage by McGonagill, who connected on four of his first five treys.

 

Brown pulled ahead by as many as 13 points in the first half, 45-32, a three-point play by McCarthy with 4:20 left in the half.

 

The Lancers out-scored the Bears by a 9-1 margin to finish the half and trail, 46-41, at intermission.

Brown returns to the hardwood on Saturday, January 14, traveling to New Haven, Connecticut to open its Ivy League schedule against Yale.  It's a 14-game playoff for the Ivy title, and all the action starts at 2:00 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.