Big South Tournament: Liberty, Longwood Highlight Opening Round Victories
On Tuesday afternoon, the Big South Tournament kicked off things with its opening round.
The conference provided fans with a number of exciting finishes and upsets that will certainly be worth monitoring as the remainder of the league tournament rolls along.
Action began with Winthrop dispatching Radford in overtime by a final score of 60-58. The Eagles, who ended the regular season with a 6-10 mark within the conference, advance to the quarterfinal round to face top-seeded Charleston Southern.
Shortly thereafter, the tournament got its first upset of the opening round as Longwood shocked UNC-Asheville by 15 points. Asheville, who represented the conference in the Big Dance a season ago, had won ten games during league play in the regular season. The Lancers however, will be the ones to advance and face VMI in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
In the third opening round contest, Presbyterian gave the Campbell Fighting Camels a good fight in a game that required overtime to decide a winner. Campbell used the extra frame however, to pull away from Presbyterian and advance to the quarterfinal round where they will face Gardner-Webb.
In the nightcap, Liberty used a 28-point effort from Davon Marshall to knock off Coastal Carolina. The Flames, who finished at 6-10 in league play this season, will advance to play High Point in the next round.
The quarterfinal round of the bracket will be played on Thursday, Mar. 7, take a look at the times and match-ups below:
Mar. 7, 12:00pm (EST): Winthrop vs. Charleston Southern
Mar. 7, 2:00pm (EST): Longwood vs. VMI
Mar. 7, 6:00pm (EST): Campbell vs. Gardner-Webb
Mar. 7, 8:00pm (EST): Liberty vs. High Point
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