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Liberty's Bench Comes Through in Win Over FGCU

February 9, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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On a night where two of Liberty's starting five fouled out, its bench came up huge in a 74-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast. The Flames improve to 21-5 overall and 10-1 in the ASUN Conference, while FGCU drops to 10-16 and 5-6 in the conference.

Turning Point

After both teams struggled on offense in the first half, both teams were exceptional in the second half. Both teams combined to shoot 50.9 percent (26-51) in the second half and every time Liberty tried to pull away, Schadrac Casimir kept FGCU in the ball game, scoring 33 points on the night. After Flames' starters Lovell Cabbil Jr. and Elijah Cuffee fouled out in the second half, Liberty's bench stepped up, scoring 21 points to pull out the single-digit victory. 

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is the first team in the ASUN to sweep FGCU during the regular season since Jacksonville did back in the 2015-16 season.
  • Liberty forced FGCU to commit 14 turnovers, scoring 13 points off the turnovers.
  • Schadrac Casimir's 33 points is tied for the most points (Darius Garland, Vanderbilt) Liberty has allowed a player to score this season.
  • Scottie James recorded his seventh double-double of the season and 18th of his career with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Liberty's bench scored 21 points led by Darius McGhee's nine points and Keenan Gumbs' six points.
  • Caleb Homesley filled the stat sheet, scoring a game-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
  • Liberty outscored FGCU 28-22 inside the paint.
  • All nine players that played for Liberty scored in tonight's game.
  • Since Dec. 29, Liberty has posted a 11-1 record.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"I had a feeling this was going to be hard. Florida Gulf Coast is used to competing at the top of the league on an annual basis and they've been playing a lot better. I felt like coming off the Stetson game, not playing as well as we could have and FGCU playing well, I knew it was going to be tough. I thought our guys did the hard little things that lead to winning and I was really proud that we were able to come out with a team victory." 

Up Next

The Flames will begin a three game road trip next week starting in Nashville, Tenn. against ASUN Conference leader Lipscomb. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. (EST) at Allen Arena and can be seen on ESPN+.