Liberty and Lipscomb wrapped up its first week in the ASUN Conference season, with Game 2 of the weekend series at Allen Arena against Lipscomb on Satuday. Liberty improved to 1-1 in the ASUN Conference and 9-4 overall with a 66-50 win over Lipscomb.
Starting the game was a struggle for both teams on offense, as the two combined to shoot 2-12 in the first six minutes of the game. Liberty's defense was exception all throughout the first half, forcing Lipscomb to shoot 30 percent in the half. As Liberty was able to get Ahsan Asadullah in foul trouble, the Flames capitalized, jumping out to a 30-20 lead at halftime. Liberty was able to make six three-pointers in the first half, while holding Lipscomb to just one make. Kyle Rode led Liberty with nine points in the first half while Lipscomb's Romeao Ferguson scored a game-high 11 points in the first half.
The Flames started the second half 5-5 led by Darius McGhee scoring eight points in the first 3:15 of the second half to jump out to a 43-22 lead. Lipscomb was able to cut into Liberty's lead midway through the half, going on a 13-5 run, shrinking Liberty's advantage to 12 points (48-36) with 11 minutes left in the game. Liberty countered by going on a 12-4 run over four minutes, getting the lead back to 20 points (60-40). McGhee was sensational all throughout the half, scoring 11 points to secure the win.
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Thoughts from Assistant Coach Derek Johnston
"I thought our guys' effort was great yesterday. At times I thought we may have tried too hard and we got out of our lane a little bit, but I thought today we played a little bit smarter. Obviously we made a few more shots, which helps but I thought we were a better version of ourselves today."
The ASUN Conference will announce an updated conference schedule with updated opponents and times in the next coming weeks.
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