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For the second straight season, Liberty is headed to the ASUN Championship after pulling out the 66-62 win over Stetson, Thursday night at the Vines Center. Liberty will face No. 3 seed Lipscomb in the ASUN Championship for the second-consecutive season. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be on ESPN.
Both teams struggled on offense early in the contest, as the game was tied at 7-7 from the 15:14-mark until the 11:04-mark. Stetson got in a groove late in the half, jumping out to an 18-9 lead with just under four and a half minutes left in the period. Liberty responded by making its last five field goal attempts with Darius McGhee providing the exclamation point with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Liberty would trail at the break, 25-22. Caleb Homesley led all scorers with 11 points at halfitme.
Liberty was able to get its first lead of the game (29-28) at the 16:19-mark off a steal and layup by Elijah Cuffee and the Flames would never relinquish the lead after the transition basket. The Flames were exceptional in the first 10 minutes of the half, as Liberty went on a 15-2 run just over six minutes to jump put to a 40-30 lead. Stetson cut Liberty's lead to single digits with 10:42 left in the game and came within two points (58-56) with 1:12 left in the game. In order to maintain its lead, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz was clutch in the final minute, converting 8-8 free throws in the final 44 seconds of the game.
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Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
"Flames Nation was amazing tonight. That was the best home court since I have been here in seven years. I thought they were the difference. Our guys who I rode with for a lot of the second half they were inspired. I thought we were better in the post and got in a rhythm on offense and we were decent enough on defense to get the win."
Liberty will face Lipscomb in the ASUN Championship at the Vines Center on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased here and admission is free for Liberty students with their Flames Pass.