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Liberty Picks up Win No. 7, Defeats Carver College

December 16, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Coach McKay Press Conference vs. Carver College 

Liberty picked up its seventh win of the season as the Flames defeated Carver College 91-38. Liberty extends its home winning streak to 28 games, which is the second longest in the country.

First Half

Early in the contest, Liberty led Carver College 10-7, and then the Flames extended their lead, going on a 24-4 run with a healthy balance of points in the paint along with makes from beyond the arc. Liberty got hot from three-point range in the first half, as the Flames shot 62 percent from three, making 10 three-pointers. Liberty's defense made it difficult for the Cougars on offense, as Carver College shot 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) from the field. The Flames took a 53-19 lead into the break. Keegan McDowell led all scorers in the first half with 11 points.

Second Half

The Flames started their four freshmen in the second half, and Micaiah Abii scored Liberty's first seven points of the half. Liberty's bench received valuable minutes in the second half as all 16 players saw playing time. Liberty's bench scored 36 out Liberty's 38 second half points, and Carver College continued to struggle on offense all night, shooting just 36 percent in the second half.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty's 28-game winning streak is the second longest streak in the country.
  • Liberty held an opponent to under 20 points in a half for the fourth time this season.
  • Keegan McDowell made his first start of the season and his fourth of his career.
  • Drake Dobbs scored a career-high nine points.
  • Tytist Dean scored a career-high four points.
  • Luke McKay scored a career-high eight points.
  • Liberty's bench outscored Carver College's bench 65-18.
  • Liberty outrebounded Carver College, 37-21.
  • Liberty shot 61 percent for the game, the highest percentage Liberty has shot this season.

Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

"We have been better defensively, and that is through a labor of love. You don't get much celebration for being a great defensive team unless you do something that is really significant, but the consistency for us is what I am looking for. I feel like we are getting a little closer to that each night out."

Up Next

Liberty will return to Liberty Arena for its final non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 22, when the Flames host Alcorn State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard on LFSN Radio (107.5 FM | 105.9 FM).