Liberty basketball holds first day of practice for the 2021-2022 season
September 30th was a good day for Liberty Men’s Basketball as they took the to the floor for the first official practice of the 2021-2022 season. The Flames made an NCAA tournament appearance in March and return some big dance talent like Darius McGhee and Kyle Rode.
Going dancing: Liberty tabbed as a 13 seed for NCAA Tournament
Liberty will represent the ASUN in the 2021 NCAA TournamentROANOKE, Va. – During Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show, it was announced that Liberty would be a 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This will mark the Flames’ 5th NCAA Tournament appearance and the second under head coach Ritchie McKay. In 2019, Liberty defeated Mississippi State in the first round before falling to Virginia Tech in the second round, 67-58. The Flames will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 23-5 overall record and an active 12-game win streak. Darius McGhee was named the ASUN Player of the Year, ASUN Tournament MVP and also earned ASUN All-Tournament Team honors along with Chris Parker and Kyle Rode.
Liberty wins third straight ASUN Tournament Championship
Liberty defeats UNA to win its third straight ASUN Tournament ChampionshipJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Top-seeded Liberty defeated No. 5 North Alabama, 79-75 to claim the program’s third consecutive ASUN Tournament Championship. ASUN Player of the Year, Darius McGhee, proved his worth by leading the Flames in scoring with 21 points. However, North Alabama is in year two of a four-year transition to Division I, making them ineligible for postseason play until 2023. However, the Flames still added to the trophy case by defeating North Alabama for the third time this season.
Liberty wins ASUN regular season title, defeats Bellarmine
1 seed heading into next week’s ASUN with a 20-5 record overall and an 11-2 record in the ASUN. Liberty snaps Bellarmine’s 10-game winning streak as the Knights fall to 13-6 and 10-3 in the ASUN Conference. Liberty shot 72 percent from the field and 66 percent from three-point range led by Darius McGhee scoring 13 points. Key Stats & NotesElijah Cuffee won his 101st career game at Liberty, which is tied for the second most wins in program history. Liberty shot 62 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range.
Liberty Holds Off Bellarmine 79-73 to Complete Road Sweep
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Liberty wrapped up a two-game ASUN series sweep with a hard-fought 79-73 victory at Bellarmine, Sunday afternoon. The Lady Flames shot 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the foul line, including 10-of-12 during the fourth quarter. Notes and Nuggets• One day after scoring her 1,000th career point, Lytle scored a team-high 17 for the Lady Flames. • Four Lady Flames scored in double figures on Sunday after five Lady Flames reached double digits during Saturday’s game. • The 10-point deficit (21-11) Liberty faced early on was the largest deficit the Lady Flames have overcome during a victory this season.
Lytle reaches 1,000 as Lady Flames return to winning ways at Bellarmine
Emily Lytle became the 18th member of Liberty’s 1,000-point club and was one of the Lady Flames’ five double-digit scorers during the matinee at Freedom Hall. Like the Lady Flames, Bellarmine also shot well from beyond the arc (50 percent, 10-of-20). Second Quarter• The Lady Flames outscored Bellarmine 24-13 during the second period, aided by 4-of-4 shooting from the three-point arc. • Jeffries hit three triples during Bellarmine’s ensuing 12-0 burst, which cut the Lady Flames’ advantage to 51-44. Notes and Nuggets• Lytle became the Lady Flames’ 18th 1,000-point scorer, one game after Baker became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club.
Liberty completes sweep over North Florida
LYNCHBURG, Va. – For the first time in the Liberty-North Florida series, a team has won back-to-back games as the Flames complete the sweep over North Florida, defeating the Ospreys 80-60. The Flames improve to 17-5 and 8-2 in the ASUN Conference while North Florida drops to 7-13 and 5-5 in conference. As Liberty held North Florida on a near four-minute scoring draught, Liberty extended its lead to 18 points (60-42) with 11:52 left in the game. Liberty countered with an 8-0 run to keeping its double-digit lead as North Florida went on a three-minute scoring draught to seal the win. Liberty shot 54 percent while limiting North Florida to 41 percent.
Liberty women get the weekend sweep of Jacksonville
The win bumped the Flames win streak to 11 and proved to be the program’s 16th straight win over an ASUN opponent. The Dolphins saw freshman Khalela Hayes score a game-high 17 points but they dropped their sixth straight game overall. Liberty outrebounded Jacksonville 52-26 leading to 30 second-chance points. Bella Smuda tallied a career-high 15 points and career-high 12 rebounds. Liberty is currently scheduled to play at North Florida Saturday and Sunday, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m. each afternoon at UNF Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Berkman’s big day leads Liberty to series sweep of UNA
LYNCHBURG, Va. – With Liberty trailing North Alabama by nine early in the second quarter of Sunday’s series finale at Liberty Arena, Mya Berkman went to work. • Berkman’s 11 rebounds set a new career high and a new Liberty Arena record. Bond had set the previous Liberty Arena mark with her 10 boards for North Alabama on Saturday. The Lady Flames also trailed Lipscomb by nine during a 76-66 overtime victory on Jan. 3 at Liberty Arena. • The home team is now 15-0 at Liberty Arena, including an 8-0 mark for the Liberty men’s basketball team and a 7-0 record for the Lady Flames.
Flames hope to stay hot in ASUN conference play
LYNCHBURG, Va. – It proved to be a solid non-conference start for the 8-3 Liberty Flames. But the most important part of the season begins in just a few weeks, where they will have time to prepare for ASUN Conference play to begin on Friday. “I think what has been a blessing in disguise is the depth that we have has allowed us to not play our starters, or our heavy minute guys as much. “That variable may change when league play starts, because the games are significant, you’re positioning for seeding and winning a championship. The last team Liberty saw in 2020 was Lipscomb in the ASUN championship, and that is who they will open up with on Friday Jan. 1 with a 3 p.m. tipoff in Nashville.
Liberty men’s basketball releases 2020-2021 schedule
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty Basketball has unveiled its 2020-21 schedule that includes 15 home games during the inaugural season at Liberty Arena. Liberty Arena will operate at approximately 17% capacity under current ASUN, NCAA and state of Virginia regulations for the start of the 2020-21 season. The Flames' first home contest during the ASUN schedule will take place on Jan. 8 when the Flames host FGCU. Liberty will have four homestands at Liberty Arena during the ASUN schedule, as the Flames will also host Kennesaw State, North Florida and Bellarmine. Liberty Men’s Basketball 2020-2021 Schedule:NOV. 25 PURDUE ^ TBD MELBOURNE, FLA.NOV. 26 MISSISSIPPI STATE/CLEMSON ^ TBD MELBOURNE, FLA.NOV. 30 SIENNA # TBD UNCASVILLE, CONN.DEC. 3 ST. FRANCIS (PA) 7 P.M. LYNCHBURG, VA.DEC. 5 BLUEFIELD COLLEGE 2 P.M. LYNCHBURG, VA.DEC. 9 MISSOURI TBD COLUMBIA, MO.
Adjustments, teaching moments for Liberty, UVA, Virginia Tech as week one of fall camp ends
Last year, Hugh Freezes offense was a well-oiled machine with Stephen Buckshot Calvert at quarterback and Antonio Gandy-Golden at wide receiver. We have a lot of film to watch tomorrow.The Virginia Tech Hokies were on day four of fall camp on Friday. Its very difficult to control a one-on-one pass route with a wide receiver and a DB, he said. You do have to take up a little more room.Over in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers are done with week one of fall camp. Grad transfer wide receiver Rashaun Henry has been adjusting well to the Virginia offense, and has looked to senior Terrell Jana for leadership.