Top Plays vs. FGCU
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.
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.
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
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."
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+.
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