Longwood’s players weren’t tall, but that didn’t mean they were backing down from Kansas University in the Jayhawks’ 113-75 victory Friday night.
“When you play in the game, you’ve got to be physical,” Longwood center Antwan Carter said. “You can’t let anybody do anything. They didn’t let us do anything, just like we tried not to let them do anything.”
Though the Lancers came in as heavy underdogs against the No. 7 Jayhawks, their style of play didn’t change much.
Longwood played with the same quick tempo as it was known for last year. As a result, KU’s 113 points Friday were the most for the team since 2002.
“We come into these games not with the mind-set of taking the air out of the ball, so to speak,” Longwood coach Mike Gillian said. “We are going to play how we play.”
The Lancers also were vocal, doing their fair share of talking on the court, along with the Jayhawks.
“They were definitely trying to compete, and we respect them for that,” KU forward Marcus Morris said. “It was just funny that they were just talking. That’s the only thing we could do was laugh it off, because we don’t want to start that conversation.”
Added Carter: “It was just friendly. Jokes being said. Nothing physical. Nothing personal. At the end of the game, I wished them luck. They wished us luck.”
Though there was a time in the first half when Longwood had more rebounds than KU (12-10), the Jayhawks finished with a 39-29 rebounding edge.
“I’ve never seen them in person. When you see them on TV, they don’t look that big,” the 6-foot-6 Carter said. “But when you’re on the court with them, they’re really that big.”