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Liberty Defeats FGCU in ASUN Opener

January 2, 2020  Fort Myers, Fla.  RSS
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Liberty defeated FGCU 59-46.

Liberty defeated FGCU 59-46.

Liberty got back to its winning ways as it opened up ASUN play on the road, Thursday night at FGCU. The Flames never trailed as they came away with the 59-46 victory over FGCU. Liberty improves to 15-1 while FGCU drops to 3-13.

Turning Point

The Flames started the game off exceptionally, making 50 percent of their first 10 shots while holding FGCU to 2-10 to start the game. Liberty frustrated the Eagles on offense, holding FGCU to just 21 percent (5-23). Meanwhile, the Flames controlled the paint in the first 20 minutes of the game, outscoring FGCU 18-6 inside the paint. Liberty would go into halftime with a 30-16 lead led by Caleb Homesley's nine points, six rebounds and two assists.

FGCU would attempt a comeback in the second half but could never cut Liberty's lead to single digits. Homesley continued to shine in the second half, ending the game with 24 points.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is the first team in the country to reach 15 wins.
  • Liberty held FGCU to 16 points in the first half, the seventh time this season Liberty has held an opponent to 20 points or under in a half.
  • Sixteen points are the fewest points FGCU has scored in a half this season.
  • Forty-six points are the fewest points FGCU has scored in a game this season.
  • Twenty-four points was the most Homesley has scored in his career against an ASUN opponent.
  • Homesley posted his second 20-point scoring game this season.
  • Liberty outscored FGCU 40-22 inside the paint.
  • Liberty shot 53 percent (25-47) for the game with Homesley (24 points) and Scottie James (10 points) scored double figures.
  • Liberty's defense forced FGCU to commit 18 turnovers, which led to 13 points.
  • Liberty dished out 15 assists off 25 made field goals.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"I thought we were good defensively and yet there is a lot of room for improvement. This was our first conference game and I really thought of our commitment from an execution standpoint, mentally was way better than the other night in Baton Rouge. I think we did a nice job in the first 25 minutes of the game defensively, and then we took the foot off the gas a little bit at the end and played reactionary. You can't be a great team if you are reactionary, you have to be anticipatory."

Up Next

Liberty will end its seven game roadtrip on Saturday, Jan. 4, when they face NJIT to close out the first week of ASUN play. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.