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Liberty Set to Host Samford in the Second Round of CIT
Liberty men's basketball will host Samford in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Tipoff between the Flames and the Bulldogs is scheduled for Monday, March 20th, at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Flames are coming off a victory over Norfolk State in the second annual CIT John McLendon Classic. Liberty's Ryan Kemrite was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a career-high and setting a new John McLendon Classic record with 30 points. He is the first Flame to score 30 points since Davon Marshall tallied 31 points at Longwood on Feb. 13, 2013. Right behind Kemrite in the scoring column was Lovell Cabbil with a career-high 25 points, also shooting 69.2 percent for the game to go along with three rebounds, three steals and an assist.
For the first time since 2008-09, during head coach Ritchie McKay's first stint as Liberty's head coach, the Flames have a 20-win season. Liberty has only had six 20-win seasons and four since being a member of Division I, which two of those seasons were under McKay. The victory over Norfolk State was Liberty's second win in postseason play having won the first ever game ever played in the CIT against Rider on March 17, 2009.
Liberty's win in the McLendon Classic was a groundbreaking moment in sporting events as it was the first ever college basketball postseason event that was streamed through Facebook Live. The broadcast was reached to over half a million people with 13,500 views with over 400 interactions.
Samford is coming off a home win in the CIT over Canisius. It was the Bulldogs' first ever postseason while reaching the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Samford had three players score in double figures led by Wyatt Walker recording a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds.