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McKay Picks Up 100th Career Win at Liberty, Defeats Savannah State

November 25, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2008 with the 82-56 victory over Savannah State, Sunday afternoon at the Vines Center. With the victory over the Tigers (3-5), Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay now has 100 career wins at Liberty, becoming the second coach to reach the milestone.

Turning Point

For the second straight game, Liberty started the game exceptional on offense going on a 16-2 run within the first seven minutes of the game. Liberty controlled the paint on offense all throughout the game, outscoring Savannah State 46-28 inside the paint. Liberty was able to limit Savannah State's fast break opportunities allowing just 11 fast break points.  

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is 5-1 for the first time since 2008, during McKay's first stint at Liberty.

  • McKay picked up his 100th career win at Liberty, becoming the second coach in school history to do so.

  • Savannah State was averaging 82.0 points per game in the Commodore Classic and the Flames held the Tigers to a season-low 56 points.

  • Savannah State averaged 46.3 three-point attempts per game and Liberty held the Tigers to a season-low 37 attempts.  

  • Liberty held Savannah State to just 33.8 percent (22-65) from the field throughout the game.

  • After grabbing seven rebounds, Scottie James moves into a tie with Matt Hildebrand for No. 33 on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 385 career rebounds.

  • Darius McGhee led Liberty with a team-high 15 points.

  • Myo Baxter-Bell scored a season-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.

  • Lovell Cabbil Jr. tied his career-high in steals (5).

  • For the second straight game, Cabbil Jr. recorded at least four assists with a game-high six assists.

  • Liberty is 4-0 at home for the first time since 2014.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"I thought the way they (Savannah State) played is such an unconventional style and I get why they do it because they play hard so we didn't run much offense. We just wanted to take care of the ball and take a good shot."

On his 100th Liberty Win:

"Assistant coaches never get any credit and I have been blessed with a plethora of great assistants. Ever since I started at Portland State Brad Soucie has been amazing and then you have great men like Matt Olinger, Marcus Conrad, Vic Sfera, Kyle Getter, Omar Mance and our two assistants now in Derek Johnston and Kevin Anderson. A lot of people have had a hand in getting our program to a competitive level."  

Up Next

The Flames will hit the road for a matchup against Navy on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall.