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Men's basketball team earns academic excellence award

July 11, 2019 : Liberty University Athletics

The Liberty University men's basketball team not only achieved success on the court during the 2018-19 season, but also in the classroom. The Flames recently earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award.

"This award is a reflection of the hard work our players have put in in the classroom," Head Coach Ritchie McKay said. "I cannot thank Kristie Beitz, Courtney Huffman, and the rest of our academic staff enough. The amount of care and commitment they give our players is unmatched."

The award is an outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season. This is the first time that Liberty basketball has received the NABC honor, which has been presented for the last seven years. The Flames posted a 3.01 GPA as a team. This year, the Flames had eight players post a 3.0 GPA or higher, including four players with a GPA over 3.5.

Liberty was one of two schools (Florida Gulf Coast University was the other) in the ASUN Conference to receive the award.

The award marks the second academic honor that the Flames received this season, as Keenan Gumbs was named to the 2018-19 ASUN Winter Winners for Life team. That team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the nine institutions and honors those who display excellence on and off the court or field of play.

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