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Lipscomb Defeats Liberty in ASUN Opener

January 1, 2021  Nashville, Tenn.  RSS
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Lipscomb Defeats Liberty in ASUN Opener

Liberty suffered a 77-70 loss in its ASUN Conference opener to Lipscomb. The Flames fall to 8-4, while Lipscomb improves to 6-5.

First Half

Lipscomb could not have asked for a better start, jumping out to an 8-0 lead, as Liberty did not score its first point of the game until the 17:01-mark. The Bisons would shoot 55 percent in the first half led by Ahsan Asadullah's 15 points. Struggling to find a rhythm on offense, Liberty shot just 31 percent from the field. After being down 24 points (39-15) with four and a half minutes left in the half, Liberty ended the half on a 14-3 run to trail at the break, 42-29.

Second Half

The Flames continued their run to start the second half, extending their run to 20-3, to cut Lipscomb's lead to seven points (44-37). Throughout the second half, Lipscomb continued to keep Liberty at arms distance, holding onto its lead. Asadullah and Romeao Ferguson combined for 19 of Lipscomb's 35 points in the second half to come away with the victory.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Blake Preston recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Lipscomb outscored Liberty 42-36 inside the paint.
  • Ahsan Asadullah scored a game-high 24 points.
  • Liberty had four players score in double figures led by Darius McGhee's 16 points.
  • Elijah Cuffee moved to No. 36 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 809 career points.
  • McGhee moved to No. 41 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 764 career points.
  • Lipscomb shot 48 percent from the field, while Liberty shot 40 percent.

Thoughts from Associate Head Coach Brad Soucie (acting head coach in the game)

"Credit to Lipscomb they came out tougher and played harder and played with a greater purpose than we did to start the game. They set the tone but I am proud of our guys and the way they responded. They fought back and battled but we didn't set the tone early on, they did."   

Up Next

Liberty will close out its weekend series with Lipscomb on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Allena Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN+.