In its first ASUN Championship game, Liberty controlled the game from start to finish, advancing to the semifinals with a 72-58 win over Jacksonville. The Flames improve to 26-6 this season and will now face the No. 3 seed, North Florida, in the semifinals on Thursday evening at the Vines Center.
It was a game of runs in the first half as Liberty started the game on a 9-0 run and held the Dolphins to just six points in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Jacksonville got back into the game by holding Liberty to 1-of-11 shooting from the field midway through the half to tie the game (13-13) at the 6:55 mark. Jacksonville's David Bell was ejected with 5:39 left in the first half after being issued a flagrant two. Over the final five-and-a-half minutes of the opening half, Liberty capitalized with a 17-6 run to close the half and take a 34-19 lead into the locker room.
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Thoughts from Coach McKay
"Obviously I am happy to get this one under our belt. Our group is mature, and we have played in some games that count. I felt like we did a good job when they made runs of weathering the storm and getting back in our lane. Our goal every game is to get better, and I thought offensively we were really unselfish and made some good reads. I was nervous about this one because all of the pressure is on us. To be the home team and the higher seed in the first round, everyone expects you to win. Jacksonville is good, and don't get seduced by their seed because they are a good team that lost a lot of close games."
The Flames will now advance to the ASUN Championship semifinals where they will face the No. 3 seed, North Florida. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Vines Center and can be seen on ESPN+. To purchase tickets, click here.
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