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Jenkins' Three Wins Crazy Game Over Brock University in Canada
B.J. Jenkins hit a three-point basket with 49 seconds left to lift Liberty (0-1 exhibition) over Brock University, 79-77, at the Bob Davis Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Liberty jumped out to a seven-point advantage behind a dunk by Anthony Smith via a Tyler Baker pass, giving the Flames the 16-9 lead. Liberty extended the lead to 14 points, 41-27, on a Smith jumper courtesy of a Justin Holland assist.
Brock cut the Liberty lead to 13 at the half when Owen White scored a lay-up as time expired. Smith led all scorers with 18 points in the first half, while Liberty scored 28 points in the paint.
The Flames pushed the lead to 18 points after Smith scored an ally opp dunk off a Jenkins; pass, followed by Rell Porter bucket off an Alex McLean pass, giving the Flames the 64-46 advantage.
Brock then went on a 31-15 run, courtesy of Liberty fouling 12 times to the Badgers' three. After Jenkins hit his bucket with 49 seconds left, Baker made a clutch steal on a half-court pass into the post. McLean then hit one-of-two free throws after being fouled trying to extend the lead with 13 seconds left.
Strong defense by the Flames shut down the Badgers last ditch effort. Mike Kemp went for the win, jumping behind the three-point line throwing up a brick that bounced harmlessly off the rim to seal the Flames victory.
Smith led all scorers with 20 points, while grabbing seven caroms. McLean scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. TeeJay Bannister played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble, but still scored 10 points and dished five assists, scoring a clutch three-point basket in the closing minutes to put Liberty up by three. Jenkins scored seven points, including the three-point basket to put Liberty up, while dishing a team-high six assists.
Liberty shot 55.4 percent from the floor on 31-of-56 shooting, while Brock hit 39.3 percent on 24-of-61 shooting. The Flames won the rebound war, 37-33.
Liberty concludes its Tour of Canada tomorrow when they take on Guelph. Tip is set for 11 a.m. in Guelph, Ontario.
• Jeremy Anderson did not make the trip due to illness.
• Ozren Bjelogrlic` did not make the trip due to inability to get a visa in time to travel outside the United States.
• Johnny Stephene did not make the trip after being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA Clearing House.