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Liberty's Stout Defense Leads the Flames Past Stetson

January 9, 2019  DeLand, Fla.  RSS
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Liberty's Stout Defense Leads the Flames Past Stetson

Liberty ended its six-game road trip with a 71-53 win over Stetson. With the victory over the Hatters (4-12, 0-1 ASUN) on Wednesday evening, the Flames improve to 13-4 overall and 2-0 in the ASUN Conference.  

Turning Point

Liberty's defense gave Stetson fits all night, as the Hatters were unable to score in the first 6:53 of the game. During that span, Liberty started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored the first points of the game 1:34 into the contest, and the Flames never relinquished the lead. The Flames held Stetson to just 23.1 percent from the field in the first half, and the Hatters were never unable to overcome the 14-point lead (31-17) the Flames had at halftime.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty has started 2-0 in conference play for just the third time in school history.

  • Liberty's defense forced Stetson to miss its first 11 shots of the game.

  • Stetson did not score until the 13:07 mark of the first half.

  • Seventeen points in the first half for the Hatters was the fewest points scored in a half for Stetson this season.

  • Darius McGhee grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go along with nine points.

  • Liberty outrebounded Stetson 33-23, led by McGhee's eight rebounds.

  •  The Flames shot 53.7 percent (29-54) for the game while limiting Stetson to 39.2 percent (20-51).

  • Scottie James led all scorers with 15 points, shooting 70 percent from the field.

  • Fifty-three points for Stetson was the second-fewest points the Hatters have scored in a game this season (Scored 49 on Dec. 1 at Duke).

  • Liberty outscored Stetson 38-14 inside the paint.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"We followed up a good win (at FGCU) with a fairly good performance tonight. I am jammed up a little bit with our turnovers tonight because that is not who we are, but there were a lot of positives tonight. I thought our bench gave us great minutes, and you can see our guys playing with confidence and unselfishness."   

Up Next

The Flames will return home for their first-ever ASUN home game on Saturday, Jan. 12, against Jacksonville. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. Saturday's game will be Battle of the Badges as Lynchburg Policeman and Fireman will battle in a tug-of-war match at halftime. Kids will be able to see and touch a Lynchburg police car and fire truck.