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Lipscomb Snaps Liberty's Winning Streak

January 29, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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In an ASUN showdown where it was a battle for first place in the conference, Lipscomb controlled the game from start-to-finish, defeating Liberty 79-59. The Bisons' win snaps Liberty's eight-game winning streak, as the Flames fall to 18-5 overall and 7-1 in conference. Lipscomb improves to 17-4 and 8-0 in the ASUN.  

Turning Point

Lipscomb was hot on offense from the opening tip, shooting 62.1 percent (18-29) in the first half. Lipscomb controlled the paint as Rob Marberry (eight points) and Eli Pepper (nine points) combined for 17 points in the first half. The Bisons forced Liberty to commit nine turnovers in the first half while allowing just one assist. Lipscomb went into halftime with a 42-24 lead. The Bisons never let Liberty get back into the game in the second half. Liberty cut the lead to 15 points (57-42), but Lipscomb responded with a 13-0 run to secure the win.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty's eight-game winning streak is snapped, which tied the third longest in school history.

  • Lipscomb had three players score in double-figures, led by Garrison Matthews with a game-high 22 points.

  • Liberty had two players score in double-figures, led by Caleb Homesley with 12 points and Lovell Cabbil Jr. with 11 points.

  • This was just the third time all season Liberty's bench has been outscored as Lipscomb outscored Liberty 27-22.

  • The Bisons shot 55 percent (31-56) for the game and 50 percent (9-18) from three-point range.

  • Liberty shot a season-low 37.3 percent (22-59) from the field.

  • Seven assists was a season-low for the Flames. Nine assists vs. Vanderbilt was the previous low.

  • Liberty committed 12 turnovers while Lipscomb dished out 16 assists.     

  • Four makes from three-point range was the second fewest three-pointers (three vs. North Florida) Liberty has made in a game this season.  

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"Lipscomb was the much more physical and mature team, and that is why they won. They have a good team, and they have won 14 consecutive games in the league and there is a reason for that. They have five seniors and guys off the bench, and they are used to winning. When you play a really good team, the details have to be really good, and that was not our very best. I guarantee you this team will have the resiliency to turn it around."

Up Next

The Flames will continue their homestand to close out the week on Saturday, as they host NJIT. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.