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Homesley Sparks Come from Behind Win at Jacksonville

January 27, 2019  Jacksonville, Fla.  RSS
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Homesley Sparks Come from Behind Win at Jacksonville

For the first time this season, Liberty trailed by double-digits in an ASUN Conference game, and the Flames responded with a 69-59 comeback victory on the road against Jacksonville. Liberty improves to 18-4 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference. Jacksonville drops to 9-13 overall and 2-5 in the ASUN.

Turning Point

Liberty struggled in the first half, scoring just 23 points, which was the fewest points in a half for the Flames this season. The Flames' struggles continued early in the second half, as they trailed by 10 (42-32) with 11 minutes left in the game. Liberty responded by ending the game on a 37-17 run to pull out the win. Caleb Homesley hit a three-pointer that sparked 10 straight made field goals from the Flames, who ended the game making 12 of 14 field goals over the final 10 minutes. Homesley did not miss a field goal in the second half, going 5-of-5 from the floor.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is 7-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.

  • Liberty is 5-0 on the road to start conference play for the first time since 2016-17.

  • Homesley scored a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.

  • Liberty forced Jacksonville to commit 15 turnovers, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.

  • Liberty shot 75 percent in the second half from the floor, 85.7 percent from three and 83 percent from the free throw line.

  • The Flames limited Jacksonville to just four fast break points.

  • The second half featured five lead changes.

  • Liberty took the lead at the 4:56 mark off a Scottie James layup and never relinquished the lead.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"Tonight shows the maturity of our group. To make some adjustments, apply them to the second half and rally back was huge. A lot of guys stepped up in the second half. Caleb Homesley offensively was terrific, but Myo (Baxter-Bell) gave us some phenomenal minutes on both ends of the floor. Lovell's (Cabbil Jr.) defense was absolutely terrific. I felt like this group (the starters) had what it took to come back from the game experience they have had in the past. It was a mature win."     

Up Next

The Flames will return home for a crucial ASUN matchup against Lipscomb. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center and can be seen on ESPN+. The game will be a "Red Out", and any fan who wears red will receive a Zaxby's coupon.