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    Liberty Opens Up ASUN Play with a Win at Stetson

    Jan 4, 2022 | DeLand Fla | Men's Basketball

    Liberty opened up ASUN Conference play with a 75-59 win on the road at Stetson. Liberty came back from being down double digits in the first half as five different players scored in double figures for the Flames, led by Darius McGhee and Shiloh Robinson with 16 points each. Liberty is now 10-6 on the season.

    First Half

    Right off the bat, Stetson got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 15-5 lead just five minutes into the game, sparked by the three-point shot. Liberty responded by closing the half on a 32-13 run to go into the break with a 37-28 lead. Liberty’s offense was attacking from all different areas as Keegan McDowell, Kyle Rode and Shiloh Robinson each scored nine points to lead the Flames in the first half.

    Second Half

    Liberty could not have asked for a better start to the second half, going on a 22-10 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Liberty scored 37 points in the paint in the final half as the Flames shot 55 percent to close out the game.  Darius McGhee picked up his offense attack in the second half, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the latter half. Liberty outscored Stetson 38-31 in the second half to come away with the 16-point victory.

    Key Stats & Notes

    • Darius McGhee moved to No. 15 on Liberty’s all-time scoring list with 1,896 career points, passing John Caleb Sanders and Chris Caldwell.
    • Liberty shot 58 percent from the field (31-53) while limiting Stetson to 37 percent (19-51).
    • Liberty recorded 18 assists off 31 made field goals.
    • Kyle Rode tied his season high in points (12) and assists (7).
    • Liberty outscored Stetson 42-18 inside the paint.

    Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay

    “I thought our defense was really sound. We made it hard for them on most occasions tonight, and I felt our guys were really connected. When you have two individual defenders like Shiloh (Robinson) and Joseph (Venzant), it gives you a great advantage. The way those two have stepped into that responsibility has been really fabulous for our team.”

    Up Next

    Liberty will return home to Lynchburg for its first ASUN game at home, as the Flames host Kennesaw State on Saturday night at Liberty Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.