Liberty Punches Ticket to the NCAA Tournament, Defeats Lipscomb

The Flames beat Lipscomb 73-57.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Lipscomb 73-57 in the ASUN Championship in front of an ASUN Championship record crowd of 7,728 fans in the final game at the Vines Center. Liberty is now 30-4 this season as the Flames are back-to-back ASUN Champions for the first time in school history. Caleb Homesley was named the MVP of the ASUN Tournament while Darius McGhee and Scottie James were named to the All-Tournament Team.

First Half

Liberty was exceptional on offense for the first 20 minutes of the game, shooting 63 percent (17-27) from the field led by Caleb Homesley’s 14 points leading all scorers. Despite Lipscomb shooting 43 percent (10-23) and scoring 26 points, Liberty’s defense was able to frustrate Lipscomb’s offense, forcing nine turnovers which led to 18 points for the Flames. Feeding off the Vines Center’s energy, Liberty went into the break with a 45-26 lead.

Second Half

Lipscomb was able to slow down Liberty’s offense to start the half, not allowing the Flames to score until the 15:07-mark, cutting Liberty’s lead to 45-33. To kick start Liberty’s offense, Darius McGhee got things going scoring eight points in the first eight minutes of the half and the Flames never looked back as they shot 44 percent from the field led by McGhee’s 10 points. Myo Baxter-Bell made a difference off the bench, scoring six points in the half as the Flames would hold onto its double-digit lead to come away with their second ASUN title.

Key Stats & Notes

· Liberty extended its school record home winning streak to 22 games.

· For the first time in school history, Liberty has won back-to-back conference tournament championships.