Liberty used a second half run to improve to 4-0 in the ASUN Conference, after a 62-41 win on the road against Kennesaw State. The Flames improve to 15-4 overall as they are one of two teams in the ASUN (Lipscomb) that remain undefeated in conference play.
Turning Point Both teams struggled in the first half to develop any type of offensive rhythm as the two combined to shoot 28.8 percent (15-52) in the first half. Kennesaw State stayed in the game in the first half due to free throws, shooting 12-14 in the first half but the Flames held a one point (25-24) lead at the break. The Flames would respond in the first 10 minutes of the second half, going on a 17-2 run. Liberty shot 60 percent (14-23) to cruise to the 21-point victory.
Key Stats & Notes • Liberty is 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 2011 • Liberty is 3-0 in conference play on the road for just the third time in school history (2016-17 and 2010-11). • Forty-one points was the fewest points Liberty has allowed an opponent to score since Jan. 28, 2017 (Defeated Campbell 72-40). • Forty-one points ties for the fewest points scored for KSU this season (Scored 41 at No. 12 Kansas State on Nov. 9, 2018). • Scottie James earned his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. • Liberty limited Kennesaw State to 24.4 percent (11-45) from the field, without making a three-pointer. • Liberty outscored Kennesaw State 28-6 inside the paint. • Liberty's bench outscored Kennesaw State's bench 23-7 led by Keenan Gumbs with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. • The Flames forced Kennesaw State to commit 14 turnovers while the Owls only recorded four assists. • Lovell Cabbil Jr. posted a game-high five assists. • Caleb Homesley recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Thoughts from Coach McKay "We were not very good in the first half and turned it over uncharacteristically 15 times and allowed missed shots to affect our confidence. There are games during the year where you have to get through some muddy water. Fortunately I thought Elijah's (Cuffee) two three-pointers were huge and changed our disposition and I think after that our guys got back to being themselves."
Up Next The Flames will head back home for a two-game homestand starting on Saturday against North Florida. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center and can be seen on ESPN+. The first 500 fans at Saturday's game will receive a free fanny pack.
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