Charleston Southern pounds Longwood 84-43 behind Keeling (Dec 30, 2017)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Christian Keeling had 19 points, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 18 and Charleston Southern throttled Longwood 84-43 in a Big South opener on Saturday.
Charleston Southern (6-6) took the lead for good with an 18-2 run early with Travis McConico burying a pair of 3-pointers and one each from Jamaal David and Fleming.
JaShaun Smith hit a 3 to reduce Longwood's deficit to 25-15 with 6:49 before halftime, but Cortez Mitchell made a layup and Fleming buried another 3 for a 15-point lead. Fleming's last 3 of the half put the Buccaneers up 42-23 at the break.
Charleston Southern extended its lead to 61-30 with a 19-7 run after intermission with Keeling scoring eight and Cortez Mitchell adding seven. Mitchell finished with 13 points and McConico scored 10.
Smith led Longwood (3-11) with 15 points.