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Liberty's Defense Shines in Win Over South Carolina State

November 12, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty defeats South Carolina 65-39
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Coach McKay Press Conference

Caleb Homesley Press Conference

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz Press Conference

All night Liberty's defense was exceptional as the Flames improve to 3-0 for the second straight season with a 65-39 win over South Carolina State, setting the school record for the fewest points allowed against a Division I opponent. The Flames allowed just 13 points in the first half while 10 different players scored for Liberty throughout the game.

Turning Point

Both teams struggled on offense to start the game as the first points of the game were scored five minutes and 11 seconds into the game. Both teams started the game a combined 2-20 from the floor but Kyle Rode came off Liberty's bench and provided a spark for Liberty's offense as the Flames went on a 15-2 run late in the first half. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz got out of his shooting slump as he led the Flames with 12 points as he and the rest of the team shot 51 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away from the Bulldogs.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Thirty-nine points is the fewest points Liberty has allowed against a DI opponent during Liberty's time as a member of Division I.
  • Liberty held South Carolina State to just 13 points in the first half, the fewest points a DI opponent has scored in a half at the Vines Center.
  • Liberty held South Carolina State to just 27 percent (14-52) throughout the game.
  • Liberty had two players in double-figures as Pacheco-Ortiz (12 points) led the way followed up by Caleb Homesley (10 points).
  • Scottie James posted a game-high 12 rebounds, putting him at 675 career rebounds.
  • Liberty outscored SCSU 36-14 inside the paint.
  • Liberty forced a season-high 14 turnovers, which led to 13 points for the Flames.
  • Liberty scored 19 second chance points while holding the Bulldogs to just three points.    

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"We try and measure the quality of our offensive efficiency on the looks that we get and we got great looks (early) we just didn't make them. I think it snowballed a little bit and we kept looking up at that scoreboard. We were missing point blank shots and missing them and this team is too talented to beat itself on the offensive end. I wasn't worried and I think South Carolina State did a good job defensively against Memphis and they did a good job tonight against us. Coach Garvin is doing a good job in growing their program."

Up Next

The Flames will head out on the road for their first game of the season away from the Vines Center. Liberty will travel to face East Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 16, and can be seen on ESPN3.