SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Shabooty Phillips scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished four assists as Longwood defeated USC Upstate 68-58 on Thursday night.
Phillips' double-double was his second this season and fifth career. Jashaun Smith and Juan Munoz also scored 13 points each for Longwood (12-17, 7-9 Big South Conference) as the Lancers won a second straight. Leslie Nkereuwem added 10 points and eight rebounds.
The surging Lancers are 6-3 in their last nine games and never trailed Thursday as they seek a top eight Big South finish with a home game in the conference tournament's first round.
Tommy Bruner led the Spartans (11-17, 6-9) with 20 points, Everette Hammond added 15 points and six assists. USC Upstate shot 32% from the floor (20-for-63).
Longwood was 23-for-54 shooting (43%) and outrebounded the Spartans 45-32
Longwood plays High Point at home on Saturday. South Carolina Upstate faces Radford on the road on Saturday.
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