Liberty continues its best start to a season as they defeated Navy 76-58 on the road Wednesday night at Alumni Hall. The Flames now improve to 6-1 this season while Navy drops to 2-4.
Liberty's bench came out of the gates firing during the opening 20 minutes on offense, scoring 17 of Liberty's 35 points in the first half. Darius McGhee led the way as the only player to score double-digits in the first half with 15 points, shooting 5-8 from the field including four makes from three-point range.
Key Stats & Notes
Liberty is 6-1 for the first time since 2008, during McKay's first stint as head coach at Liberty.
Tonight's victory was Liberty's first win over a school from the Patriot League since 2000 (defeated Boston U 60-59).
After a Keenan Gumbs' dunk plus the free-throw (14-11), Liberty held onto the lead for the final 28 minutes and 44 seconds of the game.
The Flames held Navy to just 16.7 percent (4-24) from three-point range.
Darius McGhee led all scorers with a career-high 18 points and five makes from three.
Liberty's bench outscored Navy's bench 29-23.
Lovell Cabbil Jr. and Scottie James recorded a game-high seven rebounds.
James moved into sole possession of 33rd place on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 392 career rebounds.
Cabbil Jr. is now No. 34 on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 390 career rebounds.
Liberty committed just six turnovers while Navy turned the ball over 11 times.
After scoring 10 points, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz moved to No. 42 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 712 career points, passing Seth Curry.
When Navy sent Liberty to the foul line with 1:40 left in the game, the Flames converted 4-5 free throws during the remainder of the contest.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
"I think tonight our defense was sound and our assistants did a great job of preparing our players for the game. It takes a spirit of unity to play this defensive system and our offense and I think it is a beautiful reflection of our university. I am proud of our guys because they are ‘two feet in' and they are doing what we ask of them."
The Flames will return home for a mid-major showdown Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Vines Center as the Flames host Georgia State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. against the Panthers.
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