Wallace, Cugini help High Point hold off Longwood

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) Devante Wallace had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Lorenzo Cugini scored 15 as High Point overcame poor shooting in the second half to hold on for a 72-67 win over Longwood on Monday night.

After back-to-back 3’s by Cugini and Wallace made it 44-26 with 17 minutes to go, Longwood (6-14, 2-5 Big South) scored 14 of the next 15 to pull within five fewer than 3 minutes later.

A layup by Cugini capped a 10-3 run and pushed High Point’s lead to 12 with 10:59 remaining, but the Panthers (14-4, 5-1) made just 1 of 6 field goals and committed four turnovers over the next 10-plus minutes as Longwood pulled within 62-58.

Wallace hit a 3 to open up a seven-point lead with 1:14 left and High Point hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal it.

Quincy Taylor led the Lancers with 19 points.