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Liberty's Undefeated Record Snapped at LSU

December 29, 2019  Baton Rouge, La.  RSS
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Liberty falls to LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Liberty falls to LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Liberty's undefeated record came to an end in its final non-conference game of the season, dropping the 74-57 contest to LSU (8-4), Sunday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Liberty ends its non-conference schedule with a school-record 14 wins as they begin its ASUN schedule later this week.

Turning Point

The Flames and the Tigers went back-and-forth in the first half with nine lead changes, but with just over three minutes left in the first half, LSU went on a 9-2 run to take a 32-26 lead at the break.

LSU started the second half hot, jumping out to a 14-point lead (53-39) with 11 minutes left in the game. The Tigers controlled the paint all throughout the game, outscoring Liberty 46-20 inside the paint.

Turnovers plagued the Flames all day as they committed 13 turnovers, while LSU recorded six and outscored Liberty 23-0 off turnovers to come away with the victory.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty had four players score double figures led by Darius McGhee and Scottie James each with 12 points.
  • LSU shot 53.3 percent (32-60) from the floor, the highest an opponent has shot against Liberty this season.
  • Elijah Cuffee recorded a team-high four assists.
  • LSU's bench outscored Liberty's bench 20-7.
  • LSU had three players score double figures led by Darius Days' 14 points.
  • Liberty shot a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"Tonight did not transpire the way that I had hoped. There were a lot of small incisions throughout the game; poor shot selections, turnovers and they score 23 points off of turnovers that is a problem and then we give up 46 points in the paint when we only allow 51 points a game. We didn't do the best job that I think we could have done in order to sustain the streak."

Up Next

Liberty will continues its road trip as they begin ASUN play on Jan. 2, at FGCU. The game will be on ESPNU as tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at Alico Arena.