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Liberty Returns Home with a Win Over North Alabama

January 9, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Caleb Homesley scored 14 points in the win over UNA.
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Coach McKay Press Conference

Myo Baxter-Bell Press Conference

Scottie James Press Conference

Liberty improved to 3-0 in the ASUN Conference and 17-1 overall with a 63-52 win over North Alabama, Thursday night, at the Vines Center. Liberty had three players score in double-figures led by Myo Baxter-Bell's 16 points.

Turning Point

Caleb Homesley and Scottie James got things going for Liberty to start the game combining for 16 of Liberty's 34 points in the first half as both scored eight points.  Liberty capitalized off North Alabama's mistakes in the first 20 minutes, scoring 11 points off UNA's turnovers, while the Lions did not score a point off Liberty's three turnovers.

The Flames went into the break with a 34-27 lead but the Lions would cut Liberty's lead to three points (50-47) with 6:17 left in the game. Liberty responded by holding North Alabama scoreless for nearly three minutes to hold onto the lead. Myo Baxter-Bell and James controlled the paint all night as Liberty outscored the Lions 34-20 inside the paint.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is the first team in the country to reach 17 wins.
  • Myo Baxter-Bell scored a game-high 16 points.
  • Liberty improves to 7-0 at home this season.
  • Liberty held UNA to 39.5 percent (17-43) from the floor, the 10th time Liberty has held an opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field.
  • Liberty's front court of Baxter-Bell (14 points) and Scottie James (14 points) combined for 28 points.
  • Liberty out-rebounded North Alabama 32-26.
  • Liberty allowed just one second chance point.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"It was a little bit of a quiet locker room. I think we are burdened by expectation and when you take the joy out of playing the game, there is a chance that the gratitude that you play with subsides and you start playing for different reasons. We want to play with a purpose and an audience of one and I think we will bounce back. This happens in seasons, where you have games you don't play well and North Alabama played well so give them credit."

Up Next

Liberty will end the weekend at the Vines Center when they host Jacksonville on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Vines Center and can be seen on ESPN+.