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Smith and McLean Help Flames Cruise to Victory Over Guelph, 85-56

September 2, 2007  Geulph, Ontario  RSS
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Smith and McLean Help Flames Cruise to Victory Over Guelph, 85-56
Anthony Smith scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Liberty (2-0 exhibition) past Guelph University, 85-56, on Sunday morning, concluding the Flames' Tour of Canada.

Liberty streaked out to a 14-point lead, 16-2, capped off by a bucket by Smith, courtesy of a B.J. Jenkins pass with the 13:27 mark in the opening period. Guelph cut the lead to 11 points, 16-5, after Adam Bering hit the back end of his two free throw attempts, with 12:11 left in the first half.

But that would be as close as Guelph would get as Liberty took a 22-point lead into halftime, 49-27. Liberty was relatively hot in the first half, hitting 52.9 percent of its shots on 18-of-34 shooting, while Guelph was cold at 29.4 percent on 10-of-34 shooting.

The Flames extended their lead to 31 points in the second half on a Russell Monroe bucket with 5:03 left in the game, giving Liberty a 76-45 advantage. That would be Liberty's largest lead of the game as the squad finished with a 29-point win, after Jenkins hit a jumper to beat the expired shot clock and game clock.

Liberty finished the game hitting 48.4 percent from the field on 31-of-64 shooting. Guelph finished the contest by knocking down 31.3 percent of its attempts, hitting on 20-of-64 shooting thanks to a stellar Flames' defense, which forced 16 turnovers.

In addition to Smith, the offense was led by Alex McLean, who was a rebound away from a double-double. He finished with 15 points and nine caroms. Jenkins chipped in 13 points and four assists, while TeeJay Bannister scored nine points and dished out six assists. Seniors Russell Monroe and Rell Porter each added to the offense with eight and seven points, respectively.

Jay Mott was a bright spot for Guelph, finishing with a team-high 15 points and five rebounds, while Sebastian Kasiuk added eight points in the loss.

Liberty starts its regular season on Nov. 9 when they travel to the World Vision Classic hosted by Fresno State. The Flames will play San Diego State in the tournament opener.

Flame Notes:
• Tyler Baker played the entire Canadian Tour with a broken nose after catching an elbow last week in practice. Baker is set for surgery on Tuesday.
• Jeremy Anderson did not make the trip due to illness.
• Ozren Bjelogrlic` did not make the trip due to inability to get a visa in time to travel outside the United States.
• Johnny Stephene did not make the trip after being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA Clearing House.