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Homesley's Career Night Leads Liberty Past North Alabama

February 8, 2020  Florence, Ala.  RSS
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Caleb Homesley scored 30 points at North Alabama.

Caleb Homesley scored 30 points at North Alabama.

Caleb Homesley put on the quite the performance to lead Liberty to its 23rd win of the season, defeating North Alabama 74-56 Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall, scoring a career-high 30 points. The Flames remain in a tie for first-place in the ASUN Conference with a 9-2 record.

First Half

Caleb Homesley stole the show in the first half scoring 19 points in the first nine minutes of the game. Liberty was hot from three-point range to start the game, as the Flames' first six made field goals were from beyond the arc. While Liberty was hot from three, the Lions struggled on offense as they were unable to make their first field goal until the 14:58-mark of the half. Caleb Homesley tied his season-high in points in the first half alone with 25 points. The Flames would go into the break with a 44-26 lead.

Second Half

North Alabama would continue to struggle on the offensive end in the second half, as the Flames held North Alabama to just 38 percent from the field in the second half. As the Lions' defense was keen on stopping Homesley, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz stepped up on offense, ending the game with 18 points.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty never trailed against North Alabama.
  • Liberty now has 12 wins away from the Vines Center, the most in Division I.
  • Caleb Homesley recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season and 10th of his career.
  • Homesley tied his career-high with 30 points.  
  • Ten three-pointers is the most for Liberty against a Division I opponent this season.
  • Liberty had three players score double figures in Homesley (30 points), Pacheco-Ortiz (18 points) and Scottie James (12 points).
  • Forty-four points in the first half was the third most in a half this season and second most against a Division I opponent.  

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"Caleb (Homesley) is getting in a groove that obviously we really like and I think he has a chance to continue to help our cause on the offensive end, when he is going like that. Plus when you know how selfless this group is, we are hard to guard."

Up Next

Liberty will return home next week for one game at the Vines Center, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 15, against NJIT. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.