Liberty made a huge statement Saturday night at the Vines Center, as they defeated mid-major powerhouse, Georgia State, 78-52. The Flames are now 7-1 for the first time since 1991.
After holding the lead throughout most of the first half, Elijah Cuffee made a three-pointer to end the first half to go into halftime with a 32-29 lead. That propelled a run to open up the second half, as Liberty scored on its first five possessions to take a 44-33 lead and the Flames never looked back. Liberty would end up scoring on nine of its first 10 possessions in the second half, outscoring Georgia State 21-8 during that span.
Key Stats & Notes
Liberty is 7-1 for the first time since 1991.
Scottie James posted a career-high and game-high 17 rebounds.
James moves into a tie for 31st place (Mark Chafin) on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 409 career rebounds.
Elijah Cuffee and Caleb Homesley led Liberty each with 19 points.
Cuffee posted career-highs in points (19), field goals made (6), three-pointers made (5) and assists (5).
Coming into the game, Georgia State averaged 74.9 points per game and Liberty held the Panthers to a season-low 52 points.
Liberty out-rebounded Georgia State 41-21 and converted 14 second chance points.
Liberty's bench outscored Georgia State's bench 32-7.
The Flames shot over 50 percent for the third time this season, shooting 51.9 percent (27-52) against Georgia State.
Thoughts from Coach McKay
"We are excited that we got the desired result but for us we wanted to make sure that we got better tonight. This is a good Georgia State team and to play the way we did in the second half was outstanding. We have to take this in stride because it is only game eight of the season."
The Flames will have a quick turnaround as they head back on the road for a matchup in Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at Capital One Arena and can be seen on FS2.
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