Liberty improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2008, behind an exceptional defensive performance against Alcorn State, defeating the Bears 76-54. The Flames' offense got off a hot start in the first half and the Braves were unable to recover as the Flames picked up their second win in the Commodore Classic.
The Flames went on an 18-0 run early in the first half to jump out to a 20-4 lead. Elijah Cuffee sparked Liberty's first half run as he scored a career-high 15 points in the first half alone. The Flames went into the break with a 37-25 lead.
Key Stats & Notes
Liberty is 4-1 for the first time since 2008, during head coach Ritchie McKay's first stint at Liberty.
Liberty's largest lead throughout the game was 25 points (59-34) midway through the second half.
Elijah Cuffee scored a career-high 15 points.
Four players for Liberty scored in double digits, led by Cuffee.
Lovell Cabbil Jr. tied his career-high in rebounds (9).
Cabbil Jr. recorded a game-high four assists.
The Flames forced 15 turnovers and scored 18 points off those turnovers.
Liberty tied its season-high in field goal percentage (55%) for a game.
Liberty's defense held Alcorn State to its second fewest points scored this season.
Alcorn State had only one player score double-figures (Reginal Johnson, 12 points).
Ritchie McKay picked up his 99th career win at Liberty.
After shooting 56.3 percent against Vanderbilt at the free throw line, Liberty shot 91 percent against Alcorn State.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
"I thought we were sound defensively. I think we made it tough on Alcorn State for the most part yet we had some uncharacteristic plays that we are trying to weed out. We got a tough stretch coming up with a lot of games in a short amount of time in addition to our guys taking finals so I am hoping our guys can endure this, mentally and physically, and stay prepared on the court."
The Flames will close out the Commodore Classic and their homestand on Sunday, Nov. 25, when they host Savannah State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Vines Center. Fans can get into the game for free if they bring two canned goods to donate.