Coach McKay Press Conference
Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz Press Conference
Scottie James Press Conference
Liberty pulled out a gutsy 67-60 win over Lipscomb in the 2019 ASUN Championship rematch, Saturday night at the Vines Center. In front of a crowd of 6,008 fans, the Flames were led by Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz and Scottie James, who combined for 37 of Liberty's 67 points. Liberty improves to 19-1 and 5-0 in conference while Lipscomb drops to 7-11 overall and 2-4 in the ASUN.
It was a battle of Liberty's duo of Caleb Homesley and Scottie James against Lipscomb's Andrew Fleming and Michael Buckland in the first half as the foursome stole the show. Buckland (11 points) and Fleming (10 points) scored 21 of Lipscomb's 25 points in the first half, while Homesley (nine points) and James (10 points) combined for 19 of Liberty's 31 points. The Flames forced 10 Lipscomb turnovers in the first half that led to 12 points, as Liberty went into the break with a 31-25 lead.
After allowing Lipscomb to shoot 42 percent from three-point range in the first half, Liberty's defense tightened up in the second half, limiting the Bisons to just 36 percent from distance. On offense, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz took over for the Flames, scoring 14 points in the second half to lead the Flames to victory. James was a monster on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds in the second half.
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Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
"Conference play is really hard, period. You'll click on a game on Saturday morning and see how tough it is, so hats off to Lipscomb. They battled tonight and had a terrific game plan; he (Lennie Acuff) is a great coach. I thought tonight was good for us to have a game that was highly competitive, and we had to make some plays and get some stops in order to be victorious."
Liberty will head back on the road to face North Florida on Thursday, Jan. 23, to kick off its road trip. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.