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Liberty Opens Bahamas Showcase with Win Over Morgan State

November 22, 2019  Nassau, Bahamas  RSS
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Liberty Opens Bahamas Showcase with Win Over Morgan State

For the first time in Liberty's Division I era, the Flames are 6-0 to start the season as they began the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase with an 89-44 win over Morgan State. The Flames will face the winner of the Rice vs. Milwaukee game in the second round of the tournament.

Turning Point

Liberty created distance early in the game as they went on a 24-2 run to take the lead. Coming off the bench, Kyle Rode provided the spark on offense scoring a game-high 15 points in the first half shooting 5-6 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from three-point range. Liberty would score a season-high 50 points in the first half, creating a 24-point lead at the break. Liberty's defense was exceptional all day as they held Morgan State to just 28.6 percent (14-49) from the field throughout the game.

Key Stats & Notes

  • This is Liberty's largest margin of victory over a Division I opponent since March 6, 2004 (Liberty defeated High Point 89-45).
  • Scottie James became the 28th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
  • Fifty points in the first half was the most since Nov. 21, 2016 (52 vs. UMass Lowell).
  • Kyle Rode recorded a career-high in points (17), three-pointers (3), field goals (6).
  • Shiloh Robinson scored a career-high nine points.
  • Josh Price scored his first collegiate points of the season, ending the game with five points.
  • Liberty's 89 points is the most for the Flames against a Division I opponent since Feb. 9, 2017 (92 at Gardner-Webb in double overtime).
  • Eighty-nine points is the most for Liberty during regulation against a Division I opponent since Jan. 26, 2017 (93-62 at Longwood).
  • Liberty shot a season-high 54.5 percent (24-44) from the field led Rode's 17 points.
  • Liberty forced 18 turnovers and limited Morgan State to just seven assists.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"I thought we were consistently sound on the defensive end and when you have a group that is as unselfish as we are and capable of scoring from a lot of different spots on the floor, I thought we outlasted them. Morgan State is a good team and I have a lot of respect for them; they pulled out a win at George Washington, so I am really proud of our guys." 

Up Next

The Flames' second game in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase will be against the winner of the Rice vs. Milwaukee game. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Baha Mar Convention Center. The game can be seen on FloHoops.