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Lights Out Shooting in the Second Half Gives Liberty the Win

January 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty started off slow to start the game but a second half surge on offense propelled the Flames to a 72-47 victory over North Alabama. The Flames improve to 17-4 overall and are now 6-0 for the first time in conference play. North Alabama falls to 7-14 overall and 4-2 in the ASUN Conference.  

Turning Point

Liberty struggled on offense in the first half, scoring just 26 points while shooting 34.6 percent (9-26) in the first half. The Flames quickly turned the corner in the second half, making their first eight field goals in the half. Liberty shot a season-best 73.7 percent in the second half, led by Lovell Cabbil Jr. (17 points) and Caleb Homesley (10 points) as the two combined for 27 of Liberty's 46 points in the second half. After not scoring in the first half for just the second time in his career (Jan. 9, 2018 at Winthrop) Scottie James was exceptional in the paint scoring seven points while also grabbing three rebounds.   

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is 6-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.

  • Liberty is 10-0 at home for the first time since the 2007-08 season, during head coach Ritchie McKay's first stint at Liberty.  

  • Liberty has won by double-digits in five of its six ASUN games.

  • Caleb Homesley filled the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, an assist and a block.

  • Lovell Cabbil Jr. scored a season-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and a block.

  • Liberty's bench outscored North Alabama's bench 20-8.

  • Forty-seven points for North Alabama was the fewest points in a game this season for UNA.

  • Out-rebounding UNA 38-25, Liberty allowed just five second chance points.

  • Liberty forced North Alabama to commit 11 turnovers while allowing just six assists.

  • For the first time this season, Liberty attempted at least 24 free-throws in back-to-back games.  

  • Myo Baxter-Bell recorded a season-high five assists, which also tied his career-high.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"I thought our guys did a really good job in the second half, taking what the defense gave us. We were a little more patient and I thought that led to some better looks and some better finishes offensively. We took a step defensively tonight. I thought we were hard to play against for most of the evening. That is a really good team and Tony (Pujol) is doing a great job with his team. There is a reason they were 4-1 coming into the game."

Up Next

The Flames will head back on the road to close out this week's play against Jacksonville. Liberty will wrap up their season series with the Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.