Liberty moved to 10-3 for the first time since 1991, as they defeated Alabama State 73-55 in the opening round of the St. Pete Shootout.
Liberty made it difficult for Alabama State on offense from the tip, as the Hornets missed their first 10 field goal attempts. While the Flames held Alabama State to 23.8 percent from the field in the first half, they shot 63.2 percent from the field, led by Keenan Gumbs and Keegan McDowell with eight points each.
Key Stats & Notes
Liberty is 10-3 for the first time since 1991.
Liberty's defense forced Alabama State to miss its first 10 field goal attempts.
The Flames shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from three-point range in the first half.
The Flames shot over 50 percent for the seventh time this season, making 56.3 percent of their field goals against Alabama State.
Liberty shot 52.9 percent from three-point range.
Liberty had three players score in double-figures, led by Keenan Gumbs with a season-high 14 points.
Liberty's bench outscored Alabama State's bench 32-20.
Liberty forced Alabama State to commit 17 turnovers.
The Flames shot 88 percent from the free throw line, making a season-high 22 free throws.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
"I thought our group was terrific this afternoon. We were really good defensively, and I thought we were able to spread out the minutes going into tomorrow's game. Keegan came in and made a couple of shots and was sound defensively, and Keenan's defensive effort was awesome. We are going to need everyone tomorrow for whoever we are going to play."
The Flames will conclude the St. Pete Shootout with a championship matchup against the winner of the Austin Peay/Campbell game. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. at Eckerd College's McArthur Center.
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