Efianayi’s 20 helps Gardner-Webb power past Longwood 90-64
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) David Efianayi scored 20 points on crisp 8-for-10 shooting and Gardner-Webb was 54 percent from the floor, defeating Longwood 90-64 on Saturday to win its third straight game.
Laquincy Rideau and Tyrell Nelson each scored 15 points for Gardner-Webb (14-11, 7-5 Big South), with Rideau adding eight steals and Nelson 10 rebounds for his second double-double this season. Liam O’Reilly added 14 points off the bench on four 3-pointers for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
Isaiah Walton scored 20 points to lead Longwood (6-17, 3-9), which is down to seven healthy scholarship players after losing four to injury and one to grades. The Lancers have lost nine in a row.
Gardner-Webb was up 22-17 midway through the first half before going on a 16-3 run to put the game out of reach. Rideau had four of his eight steals during the run, including consecutive plays that led to a dunk of his own and a layup for Nelson.