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2019-20 Liberty Men's Basketball Season In Review

March 26, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty basketball won back-to-back ASUN Championships.

Liberty basketball won back-to-back ASUN Championships.

Although the season ended abruptly, the Liberty men's basketball team was having one of its best years in school history, winning a school-record 30 games and ending its season winning an ASUN Championship at home in the last game at the Vines Center.

Liberty Notables

  • Liberty won a school-record 30 games, which was tied for the second most in Division I this season (Gonzaga won 31 games).
  • Liberty ended 2020 with the sixth highest winning percentage (.882) in Division I, going 30-4.
  • Liberty received eight votes in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • In the final AP Top 25 Poll, Liberty received one vote.
  • Liberty finished at No. 4 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.
  • Liberty had six neutral site wins, which ranked No. 2 in Division I.  
  • Liberty went undefeated at home for the first time in school history, winning 17 home games, the second most in Division I.
  • Liberty has now won 23 straight games at home, which is the fourth longest home winning streak in the country.
  • Liberty's 14-0 start was the best in school history, surpassing the 1974 team who started 6-0.
  • Fourteen wins was the longest winning streak in school history, surpassing the 1980 team who won 11 games in a row.
  • Liberty became the ninth team to win back-to-back ASUN Championship titles and first to do so since FGCU in 2016-17.
  • Liberty has won back-to-back conference regular season titles for the first time in school history.
  • Liberty clinched back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths for the first time in school history.
  • Liberty was one of three schools (Cincinnati and Michigan) to have two current players with 100 career wins in Myo Baxter-Bell (101 wins) and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz (102 wins).
     

Liberty National Rankings

Statistic (Value)

National Rank

ASUN Rank

Turnovers Per Game (9.4)

No. 1

No. 1

Scoring Defense (53.8)

No. 2

No. 1

Personal Fouls Per Game (13.4)

No. 4

No. 1

Scoring Margin (14.8)

No. 4

No. 1

FG Percentage Defense (38.7)

No. 11

No. 1

Assist/TO Ratio (1.39)

No. 11

No. 1

FG Percentage (47.9)

No. 12

No. 1

3FG Percentage Defense (36.6)

No. 36

No. 2

Rebound Margin (4.1)

No. 63

No. 1

Total 3FG Made (260)

No. 71

No. 2

Total Assists (446)

No. 91

No. 2

 

Player Highlights

  • Caleb Homesley was named ASUN Player of the Year, joining Jesse Sanders as the only Liberty players to earn a conference player of the year honor, as Sanders was named Big South Player of the Year in 2011.
  • Homesley was named to the NABC District Three First Team and is the first Liberty player to be named to an NABC All-District First Team since Anthony Smith in 2009.
  • Homesley was named a Lute Olson All-American and Lou Henson All-American.
  • Homesley ended his career ranked No. 10 on Liberty's all-time scoring list (1,539 career points) and No. 8 on the all-time rebounding list (703 career rebounds).
  • Scottie James was named First Team All-ASUN for the second consecutive season.
  • James was a Lou Henson All-American.
  • James ended his career ranked No. 4 on Liberty's all-time rebounding list (891 career rebounds) and No. 17 on the all-time scoring list (1,323 career points).
  • Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz was the No. 1 Pick in the Puerto Rico National Draft and was an All-ASUN Second Team selection.
  • Pacheco-Ortiz ranked No. 9 among active Division I players with 102 career wins.