From Puerto Rico to Lynchburg

Freshman leads Flames in minutes played through eight games In a season in which Liberty’s men’s basketball team is made up of seven newcomers, freshman guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz has been a standout for the Flames. Pacheco-Ortiz, a sports management major from Ponce, Puerto Rico, has started in six of Liberty’s first eight games. Pacheco-Ortiz has played more than 20 minutes […]

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Baby, bye bye bye

‘It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie’ the Flames secured a first round bye Live by the three, die by the three. In the regular season finale against the Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team did just that in an 86-81 Senior Day victory, Feb. 27. The Flames could not have asked for a […]

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Young guns stay hot

The Flames knock off Winthrop and High Point to keep the win streak rolling Liberty took down Big South opponent Winthrop 88-77, for the first time since 2010, in a men’s basketball showdown on Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Vines Center. Both teams carried a winning streak into the game. The Flames won their previous four games, and Winthrop won […]

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Lucky No. 13

Lovell Cabbell comes up big in the final seconds The second installment of the Ritchie McKay era began with a victory Friday night, as the Liberty men’s basketball team hung on to defeat the Covenant Scots, 64-62, in the season opener Nov. 13 in the Vines Center. True freshman guard Lovell Cabbil hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left […]

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Fresh start for Flames

The men’s basketball team is young and hungry for success early in season The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team heads into the 2015-2016 season with Head Coach Ritchie McKay taking over the program once again. McKay served as the Flames head coach for two seasons, from 2007-2009, before leaving Liberty to join the University of Virginia Cavaliers as an associate […]

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New-look Flames to debut in fall

Eight new players are set to join the program for the 2014-2015 basketball season The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team is coming off of its third straight season with a losing record. Head Coach Dale Layer said goodbye to five graduating seniors and two transferring students at the end of the 2013-14 season. Three of the five graduates led the […]

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Highlanders overcome deficit

Anderson’s 19-point second half performance guides Radford late to spoil Liberty’s senior night, winning 87-83 With a double-digit lead midway through the second-half, the Liberty Flames (11-20, 5-11 Big South) hoped to roll into the Big South tournament with their third straight victory. However, the Radford Highlanders (20-11, 10-6 Big South) late rally spoiled six Liberty seniors’ home finale with […]

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Losing streak extended to six

The Flames failed to capitalize on an oppurtunity to end their prolonged skid The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (9-18, 3-9 Big South) slowed the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Keydets (15-10, 8-4 Big South), the nation’s highest-scoring offense, Saturday, Feb. 15 but could not stop them when it counted, dropping the contest 77-70. The leading freshman scorer in the country, […]

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Panthers claw to victory

Second-half surge pushes High Point past Liberty in important conference matchup Midway through the first half with a 26-16 lead, the Liberty Flames (8-11, 2-2 Big South), looked as if they were destined to blow out the High Point Panthers (6-11, 2-2 Big South). That was not the case. High Point battled back and clung to a lead at the […]

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Quest reborn

B-ball opens season with win Redshirt senior Antwan Burrus scored on the opening possession for the reigning Big South champion Liberty Flames (1-0) in his first game since the 2011-12 season, leading the Flames to a 74-53 victory over the Randolph College Wildcats Nov. 7. According to senior point guard Davon Marshall, who scored eight points and recorded five assists, […]

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Basketball coaches lead by example

An unexpected journey After winning the 2013 Big South Championship, Liberty men’s basketball Head Coach Dale Layer said the team’s perseverance after an 0-8 start was the vital element of the team’s season. “It kind of taught us that we had to work and face adversity,” Layer said. “When no one believed in us and no one was really saying […]

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