Darius McGhee grabbed a game-high eight rebounds against Jacksonville.
Liberty led from start-to-finish Thursday night at the Historic Swisher Gymnasium, defeating Jacksonville 71-62. The Flames improve to 22-3 overall and 8-2 in the ASUN as Caleb Homesley led the way with a season-high 25 points. Jacksonville drops to 11-14 and 4-6 in conference.
Caleb Homesley kick started Liberty's offense, scoring 10 of the Flames' first 15 points. The entire Flames offense was exceptional, shooting 57 percent in the first 20 minutes of action as Homesley (15 points) and Scottie James (10 points) were the only players to score in double figures in the half. Liberty went into the break with a 38-26 lead over Jacksonville.
Liberty's defense started the half by holding the Dolphins scoreless for the first 3:58 of the half to hold onto its double-digit lead. The Flames hit a bit of a dry spell on offense, going scoreless for three and a half minutes, which led to a 9-0 run by Jacksonville, cutting Liberty's lead to 51-43 with 10 minutes left in the game. Liberty responded with an 8-0 run to reclaim a double digit lead. Jacksonville shot 54 percent in the second half to stay in the game, but Liberty's offense was able to hold on to come away with the victory.
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Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
"I thought it was hard-fought. I think our guys were great on the defensive end in the first half, and in the second half, we weren't as effective but that had a lot to do with how aggressive Jacksonville was and how hard we had to work on the offensive end. I am proud of our group's effort, and Caleb Homesley was terrific on the offensive end and good on the defensive end. These games are hard on the road, and you have to be tough to win on the road."
Liberty will end this week's two-game roadtrip in Florence, Ala., against North Alabama. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 8, and can be seen on ESPN+.