Longwood Lancers

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Big South Conference
Past Conferences: Mason–Dixon Conference, Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
City: Farmville, Virginia

Arena: Willett Hall

NCAA Tournaments: 1 (2022)
Championships:
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 2 (1988, 2022)

Team History

The Longwood Lancers began to play as a Division III independent in 1975-76. It didn’t take long for Longwood to become a Division III power, as the Lancers posted a 19-8 record in their third season and went 28-3 the following year, advancing to the NCAA Division III Final Four and ending the season ranked No. 12 in D-3. Longwood went 19-9 in 1980-81 and coach Dr. Ron Bash left with a 66-20 record after his three seasons.

Cal Luther took over the program in 1981-82 as the Lancers made the move to Division II, joining the Mason-Dixon Conference for the 1983-84 season. Longwood won the conference title in 1987-88. The Lancers became an independent once again in 1988-89 and advanced to the Division II Tournament in 1994 and 1995. Longwood joined the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference for the 1995-96 season and made its final Division II Tournament appearance in 2001.

The Lancers made the jump to Division I for the 2004-05 season and it was ugly, as Longwood finished the year 1-30. Longwood was a bit better its next three seasons, but not by much, going 28-64 in that span. The Lancers surprised everyone with a 17-14 record in 2008-09, but it was a one-time deal since the Lancers followed that up with back-to-back 12-19 seasons, and it got worse from there.

Longwood joined the Big South Conference for the 2012-13 season but that didn’t help much. The Lancers never won more than 11 games through the end of the 2017-18 season. The Lancers started losing less and received CBI bids in 2019 and 2021 despite losing records in both years. Nonetheless, things came together for the 2021-22 season, as the Lancers went 26-7 and 15-1 in the Big South, winning the regular season title and the conference tournament to give the Lancers their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

All-Time Records
Points Scored
Antwan Carter, 1,886
Kevin Jefferson, 1,806
Jerome Kersey, 1,756

Rebounds
Jerome Kersey, 1,162
Antwan Carter, 1,008
Dana Smith, 708

Assists
Joe Remar, 531
Michael Druitt, 400
Lucas Woodhouse, 393

 

FAQs
What Is Coach Dr. Ron Bash Best Known For?

After his successful three-year stint as Longwood’s coach, Bash ended up getting into the sports tout business. He was one of the featured handicappers in the now-classic Sports Illustrated article, “1-900-RIPOFFS,” which took a look at the tactics of the tout industry in 1991. Bash called himself “Coach” and frequently mentioned taking a team to the Final Four. Longwood didn’t let Bash’s poor reputation stand in the way of inducting him into its Hall of Fame in 2014.

Has Longwood Produced Any NBA Players?

The Lancers have had just one NBA player, although he was a pretty good one, in Jerome Kersey. He played for 17 seasons. Best-known for his time with Portland, Kersey averaged 10.3 points per game and won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs.

What Has Been Longwood’s Biggest Margin of Victory?

On January 8th, 1979 Longwood defeated Lancaster Bible by a score of 140-57. The 83-point margin of victory is the largest for the Lancers. Longwood set team records for most points scored in a game, as well as most field goals attempted (93) and most field goals made (65) in a game.

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