A Darrion Allen trey, followed by a steal and one free throw by Quincy Taylor put the Lancers just two back (64-62) with 32 seconds left. Ball State managed to push the lead out to four points with four straight free throws.
Quincy Taylor scored on a layup with nine seconds to go, but Zavier Turner made it a two-possession game on a free throw with six seconds left, effectively sealing the outcome.
Guard Sean Sellers led the Cardinals with 15 points, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc. BSU hit 10-of-23 (43.5%) for the night on threes.
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Longwood was paced by 20 points from Quincy Taylor, 18 from Shaquille Johnson and 11 from Ryan Badowski. Taylor, who had a season-high of 34 against Dartmouth, connected on 5-of-9 treys against BSU.
Longwood had six more field goals 24-of-55, 43.6%) than Ball State (18-of-47, 38.3%). However, the Cardinals connected on 23-of-35 at the free throw line, while Longwood made 5-of-8 charity tosses.
The hosts held a 28-22 halftime lead. Kiapway’s trey gave BSU a nine-point advantage at 43-34.
The advantage briefly reached double digits (57-47) on a Kiapway three at 3:55, but the Lancers responded with an eight-point run to again make it a two-point difference.
After a Kamieniecki old-fashioned three-point play put the Cardinals up 64-58, Longwood pulled with two a final time at 64-62, but the Lancers made just one more basket the rest of the way. BSU sealed the win with free throws.