Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Willett Hall | Farmville, Va.
Columbia (0-1)
Longwood (0-1)

Columbia dropped its opener to No. 6 Villanova, 75-60, Friday night in front of a packed Wells Fargo Center. Mike Smith scored a game-high 19 points in the defeat.
• Four first-years saw key minutes in the opener and all found the scoresheet, led by seven points from forward Jaron Faulds.
• Longwood fell to Stephen F. Austin, 74-61, Saturday in its season debut. The Lancers return three starters from last season's roster.
• Columbia and Longwood will meet for the fifth time. The Lancers have won the last two meetings, including a 70-69 win at Levien Gym thanks to a Chris Shields layup with six seconds remaining.
• The Lions are in the midst of a seven-game road swing to start the 2017-18 campaign.

The Lancers were paced by 21 points from  Isaiah Walton, who led the squad in scoring last season, but fell to Stephen F. Austin Saturday afternoon. Longwood was outrebounded, 44-29, and allowed 19 second-chance points in the defeat.

Longwood is the only current Big South opponent Columbia has ever faced.

Head coach Jim Engles had no problem showing off a talented class of first-years at Villanova Friday. Tai Bibbs, Jaron Faulds, Myles Hanson and Gabe Stefanini all played more than 10 minutes and found their way onto the scoresheet against the No. 6 team in the nation. Faulds registered seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. He and Hanson each logged 19 minutes of action off the bench.

After missing all of the 2016-17 campaign due to a toe injury, guard Kyle Castlin is back in the fold for his senior season. In the season opener, Castlin netted 10 points, six rebounds and dished out four assists at Villanova. The Marietta, Georgia, native has started 43 career games and averaged 10.3 points per game as a first-year to lead all Ivy League rookies in 2014-15.