ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Michael Kessens scored 11 of his 15 points in the first 8 minutes of the second half as Longwood pulled away from Winthrop, then held on for a 62-56 win Saturday, snapping a 14-game losing streak.
The Lancers (4-21, 1-10 Big South Conference) also ended their 0-12 road skid.
Longwood trailed by eight in the first meeting between the teams since 1986, but rallied to go into halftime tied at 27.
The Lancers shot 58.3 percent in the second half (14 of 24), sparked by Kessens' jumper and three-point play for a 32-27 lead.
The Eagles (10-13, 4-7) tied it 36-36, then got within one four times, including 56-55 with 3:04 left, but couldn't make a basket the rest of the way against the league's worst scoring defense (82.3 points).
Gideon Gamble's 18 points led Winthrop.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.