LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty snapped its two-game losing streak with an 83-45 win over Kennesaw State, Thursday night at the Vines Center. With the victory, Liberty became the third team in Division I to reach the 20-win mark this season, joining Gonzaga and San Diego State.
Liberty’s frontcourt duo of Myo Baxter-Bell and Scottie James were a matchup problem for Kennesaw State, scoring 11 of Liberty’s first 16 points in the game’s first 10 minutes of action. Liberty’s defense shutdown Kennesaw State scoreless for over 10 minutes. During that span, Liberty would go on a 17-0 run, as the Owls did not make a field goal in the final 10:39 of the half. Elijah Cuffee got things going for Liberty’s offense, scoring 12 points to close out the first half as the Flames held a 34-18 lead at the break. Kennesaw State missed its last 11 field goal attempts, going 10:39 without making a field goal.
Liberty’s offense continued to roll in the second half, shooting 64 percent (18-28) from the field led by Caleb Homesley’s 10 points. The Flames would control the paint, outscoring Kennesaw State 32-10 inside the paint, while the bench also outscored KSU 20-8 in the final 20 minutes of action.
Key Stats & Notes
· This is the fastest a Liberty team has reached the 20-win mark breaking last season’s record of Feb. 5.
· Liberty has now tied the school record for most consecutive wins at home with 16 victories.