HPU men’s basketball keeps rolling with 92-68 win at Longwood

• High Point scored a season-high 92 points on the way to a 92-68 road win at Longwood.
• The Panthers are now undefeated in six-straight games, the longest active win streak in the Big South.
• Both redshirt-senior Miles Bowman Jr. (24 points) and senior Anthony Lindauer (19) matched their career highs for scoring in the win.

FARMVILLE, Va. – The High Point University men’s basketball team extended its conference-best win streak to six in a row with a 92-68 victory on the road at Longwood on Wednesday night in Farmville, Va. Both redshirt-senior Miles Bowman Jr. and senior Anthony Lindauer matched their career highs in points against the Lancers.

The 92 points scored by High Point were a season high and the most scored in a game by the Panthers since they scored 96 against Methodist College on Dec. 28, 2015.

“We were really good offensively in the first half,” head coach Scott Cherry said. “We shot a high percentage and made a lot of shots. I thought we did well defensively in the first half as well, but didn’t come out with that same intensity to start the second half. That’s a hard thing to do as human beings when you are up that much. Overall it was a good road win and that is what is most important. We will take it and move on to Saturday.”

Bowman Jr. and Lindauer combined to score 43 points off the bench with Bowman Jr. matching his career high of 24 points and Lindauer equaling his career high of 19. Bowman Jr. shot 9-13 from the floor and 4-5 from behind the arc. He is 10-12 from deep in the past two games. Lindauer shot 7-8, including 5-6 from three, matching his career high for 3-pointers.

Three other Panthers finished in double figures as senior Tarique Thompson recorded a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Jamal Wright scored 12 and sophomore Ander Fox finished with 10.

Khris Lane and Darrion Lane both reached 20 points for Longwood as Lane scored 24 and Allen notched 20 in the contest.

The Panthers improve to 13-10 overall and 7-4 in the Big South with the win. The Purple & White are now 5-1 on the road in conference play this season. Longwood drops to 6-16 overall and 3-8 in conference play.

High Point jumped out to a 12-3 lead four minutes into the contest as the Panthers connected on five of their first eight shots, including 3-pointers from both Wright and Fox.

HPU still led by nine when Lindauer connected on three 3-pointers in a two-minute span to push the High Point advantage to 15 (21-6) with 12:42 left in the half.

With the Panthers up by 11, 30-19, with 8:30 to play in the half, Bowman Jr. sparked a 12-0 run for HPU to go ahead by 23. The forward scored 10 of High Point’s 12 in the run on two 3-pointers and two layups as the Purple & White went ahead 42-19.

High Point led by 24, 53-29, at the half thanks to a Wright jumper at the buzzer to give the Panthers’ their highest scoring half of the season. HPU shot 21-33 (63.6 percent) overall and 9-12 (75 percent) from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.

Longwood scored the first 10 points of the second half and pulled back within nine at 62-53 with 11:50 left to play. A Lindauer 3-pointer pushed High Point’s lead back to double digits as the Panthers used a 7-0 burst to go up by 16.

HPU forced 13 turnovers and turned them into 25 points. The Purple & White won the rebounding battle, 36-28, and had 18 second-chance points, including 15 in the second half.

High Point held the Lancers to just 15 points over the final 11 minutes, slowly extending the lead back out to as large as 25 on Lindauer’s fifth 3-pointer of the night with less than a minute remaining.

The Panthers now return home to take on conference co-leader UNC Asheville on Saturday at the Millis Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the game set to be broadcast on ESPN3.