Winthrop University

Winthrop warms up in 2nd half for Big South win at Longwood

Winthrop used a 17-0 second-half run to overcome a three-point halftime deficit to capture a fifth straight win, 95-78 at Longwood on Wednesday.

The Eagles, 12-8 overall and 6-3 in the Big South, were led by Xavier Cooks, who scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and added 6 assists and 2 blocks.

Winthrop also got 18 points and 4 rebounds from Anders Broman, while Kyle Zunic contributed 14 points to the cause.

Longwood, 6-16 and 3-6, was paced by B.K. Ashe with 24 points. Isaiah Walton (12 points) and Charles Glover (13 points) also reached double figures for the Lancers.

Longwood jumped out to a 11-1 lead after an Ashe three-point shot. The Lancers’ lead grew to as much as 11 points at 16-5 following a Charles Glover three.

But Winthrop’s Bjorn Broman made three free throws to start a run that turned into 10 straight points by the Eagles.

Winthrop tied the game 25-25 as Josh Ferguson hit a three and Adam Pickett scored on the drive. Ferguson gave the Eagles the lead with a score inside at 29-28 and Cooks scored on the next possession for a 31-28 lead.

Longwood outscored the Eagles 16-10 the rest of the way to lead 44-41 at the break

In the second half, Winthrop went on a 17-0 run to open up a double-figure lead at 67-49. The run started with a three-point play from Pickett followed by back-to-back baskets by Cooks. Anders Broman made it nine straight points after he stole the ball and scored on the other end.

Andres Broman scored six straight points to continue the run and Zunic hit a three for a 66-49 lead with 11:29 remaining

Winthrop returns home to take on Campbell at 2 p.m. Saturday in a matchup of second-place teams in the Big South standings.