Martin sparks late rally, Charlotte edges Longwood 42-39
The win ended Longwood’s 4-0 start, its best start since it moved to Division I. Charlotte (2-2) is no stranger to comebacks, having rallied from 24 down to upset Oklahoma State by two points earlier this season.
Longwood (4-1) built an 11-point lead, 26-15 early in the second half, but Charlotte quickly made it a two-point game and surged ahead 31-30 after Martin’s second trey. That kicked off a 13-3 run capped by a Dravon Mangum layup with five minutes to play. The freshman scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.
The game was a rematch of sorts from UMBC’s shocking upset of top-seeded Virginia in the opening round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. Longwood’s Griff Aldrich was an assistant for the 16th-seeded Retrievers, Charlotte’s Ron Sanchez with the Cavaliers.