A dunk by Lotanna Nwogbo pulled Longwood (1-1) within nine with 11:35 to play, but James Madison scored nine of the next 10 points to open up a 64-47 lead about 3 minutes later. The Lancers would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Despite shooting 63.6 percent from the field in the first half, James Madison led just 38-32. It limited Longwood to 37 percent shooting (10-of-27) in the second half, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range, outscoring the Lancers 44-28 after halftime.
Darrion Allen scored 20 for Longwood.