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Liberty Wins 17th Straight at Home, Defeats FGCU

February 1, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Scottie James scored 10 points in Liberty's win over FGCU.
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Coach McKay Press Conference

Elijah Cuffee Press Conference

Caleb Homesley Press Conference

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz Press Conference

Liberty set a school record, winning its 17th straight home game at the Vines Center Saturday night with a resounding 61-46 win over FGCU. The Flames improve to 21-3 this season and 7-2 in the ASUN Conference while FGCU drops to 7-17 overall and 4-5 in conference.

First Half

Liberty's defense was clicking at the beginning of the first half, holding FGCU scoreless for six and a half minutes. The Flames went on an 8-0 run during that span, and Liberty's exceptional defense continued throughout the half, holding FGCU to another scoring drought, this time for nearly four minutes. Liberty forced 12 turnovers in the first half, which led to 18 points for the Flames while FGCU was unable to score off Liberty's four turnovers. Liberty went into the break with a 33-14 lead over FGCU.

Second Half

FGCU improved in the second half but not enough to keep up with the Flames' offense, as Liberty shot 50 percent from the field, led by Caleb Homesley's eight points, three rebounds and a pair of steals all in the second half. FGCU's Jalen Warren led all scorers in the second half with 12 points, but Liberty's starters did most of the damage in the second half, scoring 23 of the team's 28 points.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Seventeen straight wins at home is a school-record, breaking the previous record back in the 1983 an1984 season.
  • FGCU scored 14 points in the first half, the fifth time Liberty has held an opponent to under 15 points in a half this season.
  • Forty-six points is tied for the fewest points FGCU has scored in a game this season.
  • This was the 12th time Liberty has held an opponent under 50 points this season.
  • For the second straight game, Liberty shot over 50 percent from the field as the Flames converted 25-of-45 attempts, shooting 55.6 percent.
  • Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz led Liberty with 16 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field.
  • Liberty outscored FGCU 34-22 inside the paint.
  • Scottie James scored 10 points, passing Ryan Kemrite on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 1,212 career points.
  • Caleb Homesley came close to posting a double-double with 14 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists and a career-high five steals.
  • Liberty scored 20 points off FGCU's 16 turnovers, while the Eagles did not score a point off Liberty's 12 turnovers.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"I thought our guys were really hard to play against defensively. Florida Gulf Coast is a really good offensive team; those guards are terrific at both driving and shooting, and they present a really tough matchup. I thought we did a good job of making it tough and trying to stay in our lane."

Up Next

Liberty will begin next week's two-game roadtrip in Florida to take on Jacksonville. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, and can be seen on ESPN+.