It's been a long road for the Longwood Lancers. Longwood started playing a Division I schedule in the 2004-05 season and never won a game versus a BCS level opponent during the Mike Gillian era that ended last year. That trend ended abruptly tonight with just the second game in the Jayson Gee era.
Longwood was coming off a 82-44 defeat at the hands of South Carolina Saturday afternoon, in which the Lancer shot only 22 percent from the field. Although the large loss, the Lancer exhibited a defensive energy that had never been seen in a long time for Lancers' fans.
The Lancers jumped out to a 40-27 lead at halftime thanks to 20 points from Tristan Carey. TCU would battle back to start off the second half though and cut the Lancers lead to 42-40. Eventually the Horned Frogs would jump to a 55-54 lead with 8:43 left in the game.
TT Carey would end the night with 31 points, but Karl Ziegler was the story for the Lancers. Ziegler would finish the night 14 points and 10 rebounds, his efforts on the glass and on the defensive end would be key difference.
After a back and forth free throw affair, TCU would tie the game with two Kyan Anderson free throws with 7 seconds left after a questionable travel call on Lucas Woodhouse. Coach Gee would bring up "basketball karma" in the post game interview though as Woodhouse drained a game winning three for Longwood with 1.7 seconds left.
The win was the biggest in program history for Longwood and the first lost for TCU at the hands of a Big South school ever. Longwood will now face off against Mars Hill Saturday night in their home opener.