Liberty finishes closing property sport with get more than Northern Alabama

LYNCHBURG, Va. – For the 2nd straight time Liberty has absent unbeaten at dwelling as the Flames completed the sweep over North Alabama, defeating the Lions 74-54. Liberty increases to 19-5 and 10-2 in meeting whilst North Alabama drops to 10-10 and 6-8 in convention. With the acquire, Liberty moves into a tie for initial area in the ASUN Conference with Bellarmine, placing up a showdown in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Feb. 27, from Bellarmine for the ASUN Common Year Championship on ESPNU. With the get, Liberty’s Elijah Cuffee gained his 100th occupation game, getting to be the 3rd player in method record to reach the milestone.

Initially Fifty percent

Following scoring 29 details on Monday in opposition to North Alabama, Darius McGhee stayed warm scoring 11 of Liberty’s initial 15 details of the video game. Liberty’s very first 8 pictures of the match ended up from further than the arc, as the Flames shot 50 % through that span to bounce out to an 18-9 lead. Liberty’s protection pissed off North Alabama all through the 50 % as the Lions shot 32 % from the floor while Liberty shot 45 per cent. Liberty’s 7 a few-pointers gave the Flames the 41-23 edge heading into halftime. McGhee led all scorers with 15 details.

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Second Fifty percent

Jamari Blackmon came out firing to kickstart North Alabama’s offense scoring 8 details in the 1st two minutes of the fifty percent. North Alabama shot 54 percent in the to start with 8 minutes of the 50 percent, closing the gap on Liberty’s double-digit direct to 11 factors (54-43) with nine minutes remaining in the match. The Flames were equipped to retain North Alabama away from their direct many thanks to McGhee (nine factors) and Kyle Rode (eight factors) as the two put together to scored 17 of Liberty’s 33 factors in the second 50 %. Liberty’s bench arrived up clutch in the next 50 percent, outscoring North Alabama’s bench 14-2 to pull out the 20-point acquire.

Important Stats & Notes

  • Liberty extended its successful streak at home to 36 game titles, which is the second longest in the country.

  • Elijah Cuffee won his 100th profession match at Liberty, which is the third most wins in plan heritage.

  • Liberty enhanced to 13- at household, heading unbeaten at home for the 2nd straight time.

  • Darius McGhee moved to No. 30 on Liberty’s all-time scoring list with 956 job details, passing Alex McLean.

  • McGhee posted his ninth 20-position match this time with a video game-significant 24 factors.

  • Kyle Rode scored 13 factors to go alongside with 6 rebounds.

  • Liberty’s bench outscored North Alabama’s bench 27-9.

  • Liberty shot 48 percent from a few (16-33) when keeping UNA to 25 p.c (5-20).

Ideas from Head Mentor Ritchie McKay

“To have a further time where we went unbeaten at residence is truly a blessing, especially in a yr like we had with COVID-19 and all the limitations and the screening. It is a resilient team and they performed properly now. It was exciting to see our work.”

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Up Future

Liberty will enjoy its closing video game of the normal period on Saturday, Feb. 27, as the Flames journey to Louisville, Ky. to face Bellarmine in a fight for the ASUN Common Time Championship. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPNU.

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