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Liberty Cold From The Field As Winthrop Wins At the Vines Center, 68-40
Winthrop started out on a 9-2 run capped by a three-point basket by Taj McCullough with 15:05 left in the opening half. The Eagles followed that run with a 15-8 advantage, finishing with a Craig Bradshaw dunk with 6:33 left in the half making it a 24-11 Winthrop lead.
The Eagles closed out the half on a 15-5 run capped by a quick jumper by Bradshaw with no time left on the clock. After Larry Blair made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, the Eagles tossed the ball down the length of the court. Alex McLean knocked the ball from intended recipient Phillip Williams right to Bradshaw who hit with 1.0 seconds left.
Winthrop shot 53.3 percent from the field in the opening half on 16-of-30 shooting. The Flames struggle going 6-of-24 from the field while shooting only 25 percent from the floor. The half marked the eighth time in the last 11 halves the Flames have allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent.
The Flames got going with a 7-3 run capped by a Blair steal and lay-up on transition with 17:00 minutes left in the game cutting the Eagles lead to 42-22.
The Eagles answered back with a 9-3 run capped by a Mantoris Robinson who hit 1-of-2 free throw shots with 12:07 left in the game to make it 51-25 Winthrop.
The Eagles then went on a 7-3 run capped by a transition dunk by Williams with 8:52 left in the game to make it 58-27.
The Flames finished off the game on a 13-10 run and it was Dwight Brewington's lay-up with 2:21 left in the game that saved Liberty from an all-time game low of 38 points which they accomplished on January 26, 1991, against College of Charleston.
Blair led the Flames in the loss with 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting which served as his 91st career double-figure scoring game and 38th straight. McLean scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds while Damien Hubbard rounded out the top Flames with six points on 2-of-3 shooting. Brewington, who missed Tuesday's win over Radford with an injured hand, sat out 19 minutes in the first half scored four points and grabbed three rebounds.
Winthrop shot an impressive 51.0 percent on 26-of-51 shooting on the night led by Bradshaw who scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds, dished three assists and blocked two shots. Jenkins shot 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds and McCullough scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to pace the victory.
The Eagles outrebounded the Flames by an impressive 48-30 margin and their stingy defense limited Liberty to 28.6 percent from the field on 14-of-49 shooting. The 28.6 percent shooting mark serves as Liberty's lowest of the season. The Flames previous low was 30.2 percent in the season opener at Oklahoma.
The Eagles are the fourth team of the past five opponents to shoot over 50 percent from the field against the Flames as the Eagles ended at 51.0 percent.
The Flames are back in action as they travel to High Point on Wednesday to take on the Panthers. Tip is set for 7 p.m.