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    Liberty Defeats ECU in Hall of Fame Shootout

    Dec 17, 2021 | Charlotte NC | Men's Basketball

    For the first time in 37 games, Liberty rallied from a halftime deficit as the Flames pulled off the comeback defeating East Carolina, 74-64, in the Naismith Hall of Fame Shootout Friday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. Liberty improves to 7-4 on the season, snapping East Carolina’s four-game winning streak, as the Pirates dropped to 8-3 this season. Liberty’s Shiloh Robinson was named the Hall of Fame Shootout’s Most Valuable Player.

    First Half

    East Carolina jumped on the Flames early, taking a 12-4 lead by the first media timeout. At the halfway point of the first half, ECU held a 10-point lead (21-11) and Liberty responded by going on a 7-3 run to cut ECU’s lead to single digits. Darius McGhee was able to get going on offense, scoring 11 points in the first half as Liberty went into the break down 35-32.

    Second Half

    Less than two minutes into the half, Liberty gained its first lead of the game off a McGhee three-pointer. The Flames and Pirates would then go back-and-forth, exchanging the lead over the course of the next three minutes. Liberty would go on a 12-0 run, holding ECU scoreless for over three minutes to take a 49-42 lead with 14 minutes left in the game. Shiloh Robinson got hot, scoring seven points in the first six minutes of the half. East Carolina was able to cut Liberty’s lead to four points with five minutes left (61-57) and Liberty responded with back-to-back three-pointers from McGhee to give Liberty a 10-point lead (67-57) with 3:46 left in the game. Liberty was able to hold onto its double-digit lead to come away with the 74-64 victory.

    Key Stats & Notes

    • Darius McGhee scored a game-high 27 points, passing Julius Nwosu on Liberty’s all-time scoring list, moving to No. 19 with 1,267 career points.
    • McGhee posted a career-high three blocks.
    • Shiloh Robinson filled up the stat sheet scoring 14, grabbing a career-high nine rebounds along with four assists.
    • Liberty shot 45 percent from the field (28-61) while holding East Carolina to 37 percent (22-58).
    • Liberty outscored ECU 38-24 inside the paint.
    • Liberty recorded 16 assists led by Kyle Rode’s five assists.
    • Rode recorded a career-high five steals.

    Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

    “Really liked the way our team played today. Very selfless in nature and that is who they are. I really have a lot of respect for East Carolina and their program so it was a great win for us.”

    Up Next

    Liberty now heads to Hawaii to participate in the Diamond Head Classic, beginning on Dec. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center against Northern Iowa. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPNU.