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Flames Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped In 70-56 Loss At St. Francis

December 16, 2006
|  Loretto, Pa.
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Anthony Smith 11 points in loss on Saturday.

Anthony Smith 11 points in loss on Saturday.

The Flames lost their 16th-straight road game as St. Francis (4-5) defeated Liberty (6-2) on Saturday night at DeGol Arena, 70-56, snapping Liberty's current six-game winning streak.

The game served as the debut of Dwight Brewington, who transferred from Providence last spring but had to sit out the first seven games due to the NCAA transfer rule. Brewington finished the game with a team-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Red Flash started the game on a 10-0 run capped by three-straight free throws by J.R. Enright after he was fouled by Alex McLean on a three-point attempt with 14:23 remaining in the first half.

The Flames remained scoreless until the 13:29 mark in the first half when Brewington streaked toward the basket, scoring on a lay up to make it 10-2 to give him his first career points as a Flame.

Brewington pulled the Flames within six, 10-4, the next time down the court when he grabbed a B.J. Jenkins miss and tipped it back in with 12:47 left in the first half. The basket was part of a 18-6 run the Flames went on to grab a 20-16 lead with 5:39 remaining in the first half after a Larry Blair lay-up on transition.

The Red Flash then went on a 5-0 run to take retake the lead at 21-20 when Cale Nelson hit a three-point basket with 4:32 left in the half. The Red Flash continued their surge with three more points that finished with a lay up by Marquis Ford with 2:24 left in the first half. Ford was fouled on the play by Tyler Baker and hit the ensuing free throw to make it 24-20.

The Flames were able to tie the game up before the half on two Blair baskets with the second basket coming at the buzzer to send the teams into halftime tied at 24 apiece.

The Red Flash started the second half just as strong as they started the first as they opened with a 7-2 run to take a 31-26 lead with 15:51 left in the game when Chris Berry hit one-of-two free throws after being fouled by Brewington.

Baker then hit a three-point basket to get the Flames within two points, 31-29, with 15:23 left in the game but that was as close as Liberty would get the rest of the night as the Red Flash used a near-perfect outing from the free throw line, including 20-of-25 in the second half, to seal the victory.

The Red Flash responded with a 20-10 run that was capped by a three-point basket by Nelson with 5:48 left in the game. During that span two three-point baskets by Ford really sealed the deal for the Red Flash as the remaining five-plus minutes of the game were pretty even with St. Francis holding the 21-17 advantage to take the 70-56 win.

The Flames suffered the 14-point loss despite registering five more field goals (24 to 19) than homestanding St. Francis. The Red Flash won the game at the free throw line where they were 26-of-31 for the contest while the Flames were a perfect 4-of-4 in limited action at the charity stripe.

The Flames were held to just 34.8 percent from the field on 24-of-69 shooting, marking the team's second-lowest output of the season with the lowest coming in the team's other loss at Oklahoma (30.2) in the season opener.

Joining Brewington on the top scoring list for the Flames was Blair who scored 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting in his worst shooting performance since he went 8-of-23 at Oklahoma. Anthony Smith rounded out Liberty's top scorers with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Four Red Flash players scored in double figures led by Ford's 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. J.R. Enright and Devin Sweetney each scored 14 points and Nelson scored 10 points in the win.

The Flames are back in action on Monday when they travel to take on MAC foe Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. Tip is set for 7 p.m.