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Homesley Drops 26 Points in Win at Kennesaw State

February 27, 2020  Kennesaw, Ga.  RSS
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Homesley scored 26 points at KSU.

Homesley scored 26 points at KSU.

Liberty clinched a share of the ASUN Regular Season title Thursday night with a 76-52 win at Kennesaw State. The Flames improve to 27-3 overall and 13-2 in the ASUN Conference while Kennesaw State drops to 1-27 and 0-15 in conference. With the victory, the Flames lock up the No. 1 seed in the ASUN Championship, with a shot of winning the regular season title outright for the first time in school history on Saturday at Lipscomb.

First Half

A slow start for Liberty had the game going back-and-forth with eight lead changes in the first 14 minutes of action. Caleb Homesley (18 points) and Scottie James (nine points) took over on offense for the Flames in the first half scoring 27 of Liberty's 35 points. Kennesaw State found success on offense in the first half, shooting 50 percent (10-20) led by Bryson Lockley's 10 points. Liberty would go into the break with a 35-29 lead.

Second Half

Liberty wasted no time to kick start its offense, starting the half on a 9-2 run, making seven of its first 10 field goal attempts while holding Kennesaw to just 1-10 from the field. After KSU scored the first bucket of the 2nd half, Liberty went on a 16-0 run holding the Owls scoreless for six minutes and 33 seconds. Liberty continued to be efficient on offense all throughout the second half shooting 66.7 percent, outscoring KSU 41-23 in the second half.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty has now won a school record eight straight wins in ASUN play.
  • Liberty is the first team since FGCU (2018) to claim back-to-back ASUN Regular Season titles.
  • Liberty extends its school record of most wins during a regular season with 27 victories.
  • Caleb Homesley record his 13th career 20-point game with a game-high 26 points.
  • Homesley tied his career-high with six makes from three-point range.
  • Liberty outscored Kennesaw State 40-26 inside the paint.
  • Liberty forced 11 turnovers, which led to 18 points for the Flames.
  • Liberty shot 41 percent (10-24) from three-point range.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"I thought we took a little bit for granted in the first half and it was uncharacteristic of our group but we did a really good job of reeling it in back in the second half. We played a lot better and more unselfishly on both ends of the court. Our guys are happy to have a share of the title but I also think we are in the mode of getting better."

Up Next

Liberty will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 29, on the road against Lipscomb. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN+.