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Kyle Ohman Posts 39 on Senior Night

February 20, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Coach Dale Layer talks with Nick Pierce following Liberty's 76-67 win over High Point Saturday night.
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Receiving the traditional senior night introduction before tipping off with High Point on Saturday, Kyle Ohman shined brightly in his final regular season contest at the Vines Center, scoring a career-high 39 points en route to a 76-67 Liberty victory over the Panthers. The performance fell just a pair short of tying Matt Hildebrand's arena record of 41, set on Feb. 19, 1994.

In the process, the Mechanisburg, Pa. native also set a school record for most free throw attempts in a contest with 25, surpassing the old mark held by Peter Aluma and Hildebrand (20) by five. Ohman finished the contest hitting 18 shots from the charity stripe, one shy of Hildebrand's record of 19.

Ohman began the night in style, sinking a layup and a jumper to give the Flames the early 4-0 lead at 18:22.

Liberty maintained control over the next 2:33, holding a three-point edge, 7-4, until High Point's Nick Barbour knocked down a trey to knot the contest at 15:49. The Panthers took over the lead 42 seconds later, when Corey Law laid it in to put High Point up, 9-7.

The Flames evened the odds once again with 14:02 left in the opening period. Patrick Konan lit up the scoreboard with a tip-in to tie it a nine. Both teams went on a scoring drought over the proceeding 3:05, until Law laid it in again to give the Panthers a two-point cushion, 11-9, at 10:57. Law resurfaced 40 seconds later, capping off a 6-0 High Point burst with a fastbreak one-handed jam to stretch the visitor's advantage to six, 15-9.

The Panthers capitalized on another fastbreak with 8:51, when David Singleton knocked down a jumper in the paint to stretch High Point's lead to eight, 19-11.

Liberty responded with a 9-0 run with baskets from Ohman, Gordon and Jeremy Anderson to take 20-19 lead with 6:59 left in the half. Anderson gave the Flames the one-point cushion, concluding the run with a shot from downtown.

Both teams swapped baskets over the next 3:04, with High Point ending the exchange with a three-pointer by Eugene Harris to claim a slight edge over the Flames, 26-25.

The visiting Panthers pulled away in the closing minutes, outscoring the Flames 12-4 down the stretch to head into the locker room with a 38-29 lead at halftime.

Ohman led all scorers at the half with 15 tallies, followed by Harris, who posted 10 points for the Panthers.

High Point shot 51.7 percent from the field, hitting 15-of-29 shots, while Liberty finished out the opening 20 minutes at 50 percent, connecting on 10-of-20 attempts.

Points off turnovers told the story at the half, as High Point took advantage of Liberty's miscues by outscoring the Flames on turnovers, 13-4.

Much like the opening half, Ohman posted Liberty's first points of the second, connecting on two shots at the foul line to trim the deficit to seven, 38-31. The senior then picked up an assist at 17:46, finding Antwan Burrus alone under the basket for a layup to close the gap further, 33-38.

Gordon made it a five-point game at 16:06, sinking a layup to trim it to 40-35. Following a made freethrow from Patrick Konan, Sanders capped off a 9-2 run, hitting a jumper to cut it to a pair, 40-38, at 15:00. High Point countered the Flames' scoring streak at 14:34, as Harris flushed a three-pointer to the visitor's edge to five, 43-38.

High Point held a five-point lead at 13:21, until Anderson knocked a down a trey a 15 seconds later to make it a one-possession game again, 45-43.

Ohman gave the Flames the lead at 10:52, laying it in to create a one-point edge with 10:52 remaining, 48-47. The home team held the lead for the next 1:29, until Law tied the contest at 49 with a layup with 9:23 left in game.

The margin remained at one-possession over the next 6:25, with three ties and two lead changes. With Liberty reclaiming the lead at 3:36, Ohman made it a two-possession game 38 seconds later hitting a downtown dagger to put the Flames up 64-60. The senior captain continued his hot hand with 2:16 left, connecting on another three-pointer to increase Liberty's lead to six, 67-61.

Ohman's 39th point with 19 seconds left on the clock, as he hit one-of-two shots at the line to put the Flames up by double digits, 74-64. With the miss on the second attempt, Ohman fell just short of becoming the eighth player in school history to score 40 or more points in a single contest. Liberty went on to successfully defend home court against the Panthers, 76-67.

Liberty improves to 14-14 overall and 9-7 in conference play with the win, while the Panthers fall to 13-14 on the season and 8-8 in the Big South.

Along with his 39 points, Ohman finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his scoring performance. Gordon rounded out Liberty's double-digit scorers, chipping in 13. Harris finished as High Point's leading scorer, posting 17 tallies.

Liberty shot 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from the field in the second, holding High Point to 9-of-29 (31.0 percent).

Freethrows became a factor in the latter half, as the Flames outscored the Panthers from the foul line, 18-8.

The Flames head to the Palmetto State on Thursday, squaring off with conference leader Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers took the first meeting against the Flames inside the Vines Center on Dec. 5, 73-58. Tipoff for the rematch in Coastal Carolina's Kimbel Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

The Panthers return to the Millis Center on Thursday to host Winthrop at 7 p.m.