Longwood wins the Big South, making the first-ever NCAA Division I tournament

CHARLOTTE, NC (WRIC) – The Longwood Lancers men’s basketball team is going to the Big Dance for the first time in the program’s history after coming out the winner of the Big South tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The Lancers 26-6 led the entire championship game against two-time reigning champion Winthrop Eagles, who played for their 19th conference title.

Longwood has been in Division I since the 2004-2005 season when they went 1-30. They joined the Great South in 2012 and got 8-25. This year’s record 26-6 is the best for the team since the program began in 1976 as an independent division III.

Longwood guard Isaiah Wilkins led the team by 19 points, and had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Big South Player of the Year DJ Burns Jr. led the Eagles with 14 points and had 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Winthrop guard Sin’Cere McMahon (2) tries to block the blow of Longwood guard Isaiah Wilkins (1) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game at the Big South Conference Men’s Championship on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo / Rusty Jones)

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