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Liberty Wins the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase

November 24, 2019  Nassau, Bahamas  RSS
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Liberty took first place in the Bahamas Showcase.

Liberty took first place in the Bahamas Showcase.

Liberty was crowned the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase Champion after pulling out the 62-49 victory over Kansas City. The win over the Roos was the Flames' eighth win this season, becoming the first team in Division I to reach the eight-win mark. Freshman Kyle Rode was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Scottie James was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Turning Point

Liberty started the game on a 10-0 run while Kansas City missed its first seven shots of the game. Kyle Rode would lead the Flames in the first half with eight points while Scottie James was efficient in the first 20 minutes of the game scoring seven points and grabbing six rebounds. The Flames would go into halftime with a 32-22 lead as they held Kansas City to just 34 percent (9-26) from the field. Early in the second half Kansas City would cut Liberty's lead to six points (32-26) and Liberty responded with a 14-0 run, holding the Roos scoreless for nearly seven minutes. To lock up the victory, Liberty was clutch from the free-throw line, shooting 89.5 percent (17-19) for the game.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is 8-0 for the first time in school history.
  • Liberty is the first team in the country to reach the 8-0 mark.
  • Kyle Rode scored eight points along with five rebounds, and two assists.
  • Liberty held Kansas City to 41.7 percent from the field (20-48) while Liberty shot 42.6 percent (20-47).
  • Scottie James scored 12 points to along with a team-high six rebounds.
  • Liberty recorded 11 assists while holding Kansas City to seven assists.
  • Six of Liberty's seven players that played recorded an assist.
  • Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz led all scorers with a game-high 14 points.
  • Liberty outscored Kansas City 22-20.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"We had a really short bench without Caleb (Homesley) playing and we had guys play a lot of minutes. I am really proud of our effort because to play the way our guys did for 40 minutes against a really good team who is terrifically-well coached and in you third game in three days and eighth game in 17 days is taxing on the body. Our guys did a really good job."

Up Next

Liberty will return home for two straight games at home starting on Nov. 29 against Kentucky Christian. Tip-off against the Knights is set for 2 p.m. at the Vines Center.