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Brewington and Blair Run The Flames To Victory Over High Point, 96-79
The contest started out neck and neck as the Flames held a slight 8-5 advantage to open the game when Alex McLean grabbed a Damien Hubbard miss and put it back in at the 17:08 mark.
The Panthers then held a slight 10-6 advantage over the next six minutes capped by a Cruz Daniels hook shot at the 11:12 mark, giving High Point the narrow 15-14 lead.
The Flames immediately went on a 12-4 run capped by a B.J. Jenkins three-point basket with 8:15 remaining in the opening half, giving Liberty the 26-19 lead.
By time the clock reached under the four minute media time out, the Panthers had gone off on an 11-2 run to take the 30-28 lead on an Arizona Reid basket with 4:00 left in the half.
The Flames bounced back by scoring five out of the next seven points to close out the half and take a 33-32 lead into the break on the back of Dwight Brewington making the second of his two free throw attempts with 27.9 seconds remaining.
Both the Flames and Panthers were almost identical from the floor as High Point hit on 48.4 of their shots on 15-of-31 shooting while Liberty hit on 48.1 percent of its shots on 13-of-27 shooting after shooting over 50 percent for much of the half.
Reid scored a game-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the first half while Jerald Minnis was High Point's next leading scorer with six points in the opening period.
Brewington led the Flames in first half, scoring eight points while Jenkins and Rell Porter each put in six points to pace the Flames. Larry Blair scored two early points but spent the majority of the half on the bench in foul trouble with two.
The Flames pushed their lead to 10 points as they held a 24-15 advantage to start the half which was capped by back-to-back Brewington baskets, giving Liberty the 57-47 lead. After a Brewington basket made it an eight-point lead, Porter striped Mike Jefferson then passed it to Brewington got the transition basket.
After Reid put a basket in to finish off a 6-3 High Point run, Blair came right down hitting a three-point basket with 7:45 remaining in the game to extend the lead back to ten at 63-53.
Liberty stretched its lead to 90-75 on the back of a 25-20 advantage capped by Blair making his two free throw attempts with 1:12 remaining in the game. Included in those six minutes was a 13-0 run that included a Brewington basket, then two free throws by Blair after a technical foul was called on High Point's Bart Lundy then capped by another Brewington basket.
The Flames closed out the game when Alex McLean hit both free throw attempts after Reid committed his fifth foul with 37.4 seconds remaining, capping a 6-4 Liberty run to seal the victory.
The Flames were hot in the second half from the field, hitting on 67.6 percent of their shots on 23-of-34 shooting.
The Flames nearly shot 60 percent for the third-straight game as they hit 59.0 percent of their shots on 36-of-61 shooting behind Brewington's team-high 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Brewington added seven rebounds dished four assists and had too big blocks on Reid late in the game.
Blair passed Doug Day of Radford for second place all-time on the Big South scoring list as he scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half on 5-of-10 shooting. McLean added his tenth double-double of the season as he grabbed 10 boards and scored 16 points. It was the second time this season McLean registered a double-double against High Point. McLean scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds at High Point on Jan. 17. Porter added nine big points to go with his six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Jenkins chipped in 12 points, four assists and two steals in the win.
Reid led all scorers with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 4of-5 from three point range to go with 10 rebounds before fouling out in the game's final minute.
Landon Quick added 15 points and four assists on 6-of-9 shooting while Troy Bowen and Mike Jefferson added 10 points each in the loss.
After hot shooting in the first half, the Panthers cooled off in the second, shooting 38.2 percent on 13-of-34 shooting to finish the game at 43.1 percent shooting.
High Point returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Savannah State for its sixth road game in their last seven games. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.
The Flames travel to Rock Hill, S.C., on Tuesday to take on first place Winthrop. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.