Shiloh Robinson Scores a Career-High 21 Points in Win Over North Florida
Liberty never trailed Tuesday night in its ASUN home opener as the Flames defeated North Florida, 71-56, to remain unbeaten in conference play. Liberty is now 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the ASUN while North Florida drops to 4-12 and 0-3 in conference.
Liberty’s defense was stingy from the opening tip, forcing North Florida to shoot 3-10 from the field to start the game. On the flipside, the Flames also had a sluggish start on offense, committing four turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game. Keegan McDowell sparked Liberty’s offense, scoring seven of Liberty’s first 15 points of the game. Liberty’s defense was exceptional all throughout the half, forcing the Ospreys to shoot 22 percent (7-31) as the Flames went into the break with a 33-22 lead.
North Florida started the half on a 9-2 run to get within four points (35-31) less than four minutes into the half. Liberty responded by going on a 13-3 run with Darius McGhee (6 points) and Shiloh Robinson (7 points) scoring all 13 points during the run. Liberty’s offense was efficient to end the game, as the Flames shot 52 percent (12-23) in the final half and Robinson led the way with 13 points in the second half.
Key Stats & Notes
- Liberty won its 43rd straight home game.
- Shiloh Robinson scored a career-high 21 points.
- Liberty made a season-high 25 free throws.
- Darius McGhee moved to No. 14 on Liberty’s all-time scoring list with 1,414 career points, passing Lovell Cabbil.
- McGhee led Liberty with a season-high eight rebounds.
- Liberty shot 46 percent from the field (19-41) while limiting North Florida to 31 percent (18-57).
Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
“I thought it was a good performance, especially on the defensive end. I like the way we shared the ball. I think individually Shiloh (Robinson) and Kyle (Rode) had great games on both ends of the floor and we will address the 17 turnovers, but North Florida makes you play that way and I was happy with our guys’ response.”
Liberty will close out the week on the road as the Flames travel to face FGCU on Saturday, Jan. 15. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Alico Arena and can be seen on ESPN+.