Liberty and Virginia Tech raised over 36,000 dollars on Sunday at the Vines Center as the two basketball programs came together for a Hurricane Relief Exhibition Game in front of a crowd of 4,210. After leading at halftime, Liberty fell to the Hokies 86-70 for its final exhibition game before starting the season on Nov. 8 against Maine Fort Kent.
After Liberty shot 42.9 percent (12-28) in the first half, the Hokies ramped up its defense in the second half, limiting the Flames to 37.5 percent in the second half from the field while the Hokies shot 63 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech's guard, Justin Robinson, was a difference maker on the floor all night scoring 20 points to go along with nine assists and four rebounds.
Key Stats & Notes
Ticket sales raised 36,745 dollars that will go to LU Send Now for the hurricane relief efforts.
Elijah Cuffee led Liberty with 15 points.
The Flames recorded 17 assists but committed 13 turnovers.
For the game, Liberty shot 40.4 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three-point range.
Liberty season begins on Nov. 8 against Maine Fort Kent.
Liberty had three players score double-figures compared to five for Virginia Tech.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
"To raise over 36,000 dollars for the hurricane relief is phenomenal. I have a ton of respect for Buzz Williams, he is a fabulous coach and that is how most of you know him but he is a better person and the investment he has made not only in his family but in his team and Virginia Tech is inspiring. I knew we were going to have a difficult time because of how good they are and how much respect I have for them.
This is what brands Liberty University; we have a team of students that are leaving now to go support relief efforts. I just think is unique and I am glad our community would come and support it."
The Flames will now begin its 2018-19 regular season schedule this upcoming week as they start at home on Nov. 8 as they host Maine Fort Kent. The game will be televised on ESPN+ as tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center.
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