Tougher playing conditions on Saturday resulted in all-around higher scores at the Northern Intercollegiate where Liberty remains in second place.
None of the 15 teams in the field managed to break par and only five teams, one of which was Liberty, were able to keep their team scores below a double-digit over par total.
Liberty and Houston remain the top two teams in the event being contested at Rich Harvest Farms, a par-72, 7,236-yard trek that will host one of six NCAA Men's Golf Regionals in May.
Houston will enter tomorrow's final round five shots clear of the Flames, having posted a two-day total of four-under par 572 (279-293). Liberty is currently in second place with a one-over par 577 (281-296). Clubhouse leader Houston carded a five-over par 293 today, while Liberty shot an eight-over par 296.
Virginia was able to make up some ground on both Houston and Liberty on Saturday, moving into third place following the best round of the day, a three-over par 291. The Cavaliers will enter tomorrow's final round in third place with a four-over par 580 (289-291).
Liberty was able to maintain its second-place standing thanks to the solid play of seniors Niklas Lindstrom and Chase Marinell, two golfers currently in the Top 10 of the 88-man field.
The individual overall leader is Houston's Roman Robledo with his six-under par 138 score (68-70). He is followed closely behind by Kentucky's David Snyder, who is in second place with a five-under par 139 (67-72).
Lindstrom stands in third place with a three-under par 141 (70-71), carding one of only seven under-par rounds during the second round.
Marinell shares seventh place overall following an even par round of 72 on Saturday and will enter the final round with a two-day total of one-under par 143 (71-72).
Ian McConnell was unable to match his day one three-under par, slipping to a share of 19th place following a six-over par 78. The senior's two-day total is a three-over par 147 (69-78).
Rounding out Liberty's starting five in the Northern Illinois hosted event is Harrison Winger, who shares 17th place with a two-over par 146 (71-75) and Michael Hocker, who is tied for 45th place with a nine-over par 153 (73-80). Jacob Mast, who is competing as an individual, is tied for 59th place with a 12-over par 156 (71-85).
The Flames will return to the Rich Harvest Farms course tomorrow morning for the final round of the Northern Intercollegiate. Liberty will be sent off the No. 1 tee along with Houston and Virginia, starting at 9:30 a.m.