Buccaneers top Lancers on Senior Day, 71-63

Buccaneers top Lancers on Senior Day, 71-63

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern sealed its ninth conference win on Saturday's Senior Day, defeating Longwood 71-63. 

Ke'Asia Jackson led the Buccaneers (15-12, 9-7) with 17 points and tied a career-high five assists and two three-pointers.  Senior Elyse Kiploks was just shy of a double-double, contributing nine points in the win and a game-high 13 rebounds. 

Longwood (4-23, 1-15) put pressure on the Bucs early with back-to-back three-pointers from Kate Spradlin in the first two minutes of the game.  Ashlee Jones closed out the quarter with another basket from beyond the arc to put Longwood up 17-14 after 10 minutes of play.  Jones paced the Lancers with a game-high 19 points and career-best for the sophomore.

Jackson tied up the game twice before the half and opened the second quarter with a three-pointer for the Bucs.  Breannah Bretches added two jumpers, while Kiploks and Nayla Long contributed two points apiece to give CSU the 29-28 lead at halftime.  Long scored nine points on the night and the senior matched a career-high nine rebounds.

Alyssa Mann opened the second half with a jumper for the seniors' 10th point and the 31-28 Buccaneer lead.  After a three-pointer from Micaela Ellis tied the game at 31-all, Kiploks returned the lead to CSU with a basket from beyond the arc.  Long helped the Bucs hold the lead with a trio of jumpers before the end of the quarter for a score of 43-38 heading into the final ten minutes of the contest.

Jones put the Lancers within one with a basket at the 7:56 mark, but Jackson answered back with her second three of the game for the 48-44 lead.  Rachel Burns added another three-pointer with just over six minutes to play, but Khaila Hall and Ciarah Bennett posted back-to-back baskets for Longwood to tie the game up with 5:01 on the clock.

The Bucs' offense came up big in the final minutes with a 10-0 scoring run over the Lancers for the 61-51 lead with 2:03 to play.  Jones knocked the deficit down to single-digits with a three-pointer, but a pair of Jackson free throws and bucket from Burns put the Bucs back up, 65-54, with 1:30 remaining.

Senior Brianna Lakes helped seal CSU's victory, adding two points with a trip to the stripe.  The Bucs finished the game at the free throw line with a pair of baskets from Bretches and Burns for the 71-63 win over Longwood.

Charleston Southern now turns its attention to next week as they travel to Gardner-Webb for a Monday night clash with the Bulldogs.  Tipoff at the Paul Porter Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Big South Network.