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Flames Put on Offensive Showcase in Season Opener Win

November 8, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty opened up its 2018-19 season with a dominating 89-40 win over Maine Fort Kent, Thursday night, at the Vines Center in front of 3,002 fans. In addition to the win, Liberty's Lovell Cabbil Jr. became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. 

Turning Point

After a sluggish first half and only leading Maine Fort Kent by just eight points (29-21), Liberty turned up its offense in the second half as they outscored the Bengals 60-19 during the second half. The Flames went on a 17-0 run early in the second half to secure the win. After committing 10 turnovers in the first half, Liberty was efficient on offense with 10 assists to a pair of turnovers in the second half.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Forty points was the fewest points Liberty has allowed in a season opener in school history.

  • Lovell Cabbil Jr. became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

  • After scoring a game-high 17 points against UMFK, Cabbil Jr. now has 1,015 career points.

  • Scottie James posted his 12th career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Liberty limited Maine Fort Kent to just 19 points in the second half.

  • The Flames forced 14 turnovers, leading to 22 points for Liberty.

  • Liberty outscored Maine Fort Kent 32-16 inside the paint.

  • Liberty shot 49.1 percent for the game (28-of-57).

  • All 11 players that dressed for Liberty played and scored.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"I was pleased with the way we responded in the second half but I realize how far we still have to go. There is enough talent in the room and we have a group that has high character. I think for us our communication is essential and we have to be about the tough things that lead to winning." 

Up Next

The Flames will conclude its two-game homestand to start the season on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when they host Trevecca Nazarene. The Trojans will bring a familiar face to Lynchburg as former assistant, Omar Mance (2013-16), is now the head coach at Trevecca Nazarene.