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Liberty Improves to 5-0, Defeats Navy

November 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Darius McGhee scored a team-high 13 points in the win over Navy.
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Press Conference: Coach McKay | Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz | Kyle Rode | Darius McGhee

For the first time since 1991, Liberty is 5-0 to start the season, as they pulled out the 55-48 victory over Navy.

Turning Point

Liberty was without leading scorer Caleb Homesley, due to load management, and the team turned to its defense as Navy did not make a field goal for nine minutes and 27 seconds in the first half. Liberty held the Midshipmen to just four made field goals in the first half as the Flames went into the break with a 25-14 lead. As the offense struggled at times for the Flames, the defense was exceptional all night limiting Navy to just 14 made field goals and four makes from three-point range.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is one of six teams in Division I who are 5-0 or better.
  • For just the second time in Liberty's Division I era and first since 1991, Liberty is 5-0 to start the season.
  • Of the 160 minutes Liberty has played this season, Liberty has trailed for only five minutes and 46 seconds.
  • Tonight is the third time Liberty has held an opponent under 20 points in the first half.
  • Scottie James grabbed nine rebounds, moving him to No. 7 on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 689 career rebounds.
  • Darius McGhee led Liberty with 13 points to go along with three rebounds and two steals.
  • 17 field goals made by Navy was the fewest Liberty has allowed this season and fewest since Jan. 11, 2019 (11 FGM at Kennesaw State).
  • This was the third time Liberty has held a team to under 40 percent from the field.
  • Liberty was out-rebounded for the first time this season, 27-41.
  • Liberty scored 12 points off Navy's turnovers while limiting Navy to just two points.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"I knew how good they (Navy) were going to be. We were tremendous defensively and that is how we ended up earning the victory tonight." 

Up Next

The Flames will travel to Nassau to compete in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Liberty will kick off the event on Friday, Nov. 22, against Morgan State. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. and can be seen on FloHoops TV.