Caleb Homesley scored 12 points in loss at North Florida.
Liberty dropped its first ASUN contest of the season, falling 71-70 on the road to North Florida. The Flames drop to 19-2 overall and are now tied for first place with North Florida (12-9) at 5-1 in conference.
For the first time in conference play, Liberty trailed at halftime (32-31) as North Florida was led by Ivan Gandia-Rosa's 14 points. Darius McGhee led the charge on offense for the Flames in the first half with 13 points, shooting 5-8 from the field. Liberty was efficient in the paint on offense, outscoring the Ospreys 22-12 inside the paint in the first half.
Liberty and North Florida went back-and-forth in the second half with 11 lead changes in the first nine minutes of the second half. North Florida took the lead and jumped out to a 67-58 lead with four and a half minutes left in the game, holding Liberty scoreless for over five and a half minutes midway through the half. With just over three minutes left in the game, North Florida led 70-60, and Liberty came all the way back to tie the game at 70-70. With one second left in the game, UNF's Garrett Sams made a free throw to come away with the victory.
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Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
"I felt like North Florida deserved to win. I feel like they played harder, and when you live on top of the standings, you're going to get the team's best shot and we certainly did tonight. I think there was some good things we did to finish the game, and I thought our guys were resilient."
Liberty will close out its road trip on Saturday at Stetson. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.
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