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.
Commonwealth well represented at NCAA Tournament
ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show yielded rich results for 5 schools across the Commonwealth. “It’s certainly a unique way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament,” Bennett said. In just his second year in Blacksburg, ACC Coach of the Year Mike Young, has guided the Hokies to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, fourth consecutive. The Spartans were last in the NCAA DI Tournament in 2012 as a No. This marks the Rams’ 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
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 advances to ASUN men’s basketball final
Chris Parker and Elijah Cuffee led the way for the Flames on offense scoring eight points each. Christian Jones led the way for Stetson scoring 10 points. Key Stats & NotesElijah Cuffee won his 103rd career game at Liberty, becoming Liberty’s all-time winningest player. 31with 956 career points. 28 on Liberty’s all-time scoring list, with 1,019 career points, passing Mike Goad.
Liberty ends final home game with win over Northern Alabama
LYNCHBURG, Va. – For the second straight season Liberty has gone unbeaten at home as the Flames completed the sweep over North Alabama, defeating the Lions 74-54. Liberty improves to 19-5 and 10-2 in conference while North Alabama drops to 10-10 and 6-8 in conference. First HalfAfter scoring 29 points on Monday against North Alabama, Darius McGhee stayed hot scoring 11 of Liberty’s first 15 points of the game. Liberty’s defense frustrated North Alabama throughout the half as the Lions shot 32 percent from the floor while Liberty shot 45 percent. Liberty shot 48 percent from three (16-33) while holding UNA to 25 percent (5-20).
Fire in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood injures 7 firefighters
Seven firefighters were injured, some of them suffering minor burns, when an extra-alarm fire in the Bridgeport neighborhood “flashed over” as a large part of the interior of a coach house caught fire Friday morning, officials said.chicagotribune.com
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.
Liberty drops game 1 at Stetson
DELAND, Fla. – Liberty’s second half struggles proved costly in Game 1 of the weekend series at Stetson, as the Flames drop the 66-59 contest to the Hatters. First HalfBlake Preston kickstarted Liberty’s offense scoring six points in the first three and a half minutes of the game. Turnovers proved costly for the Flames in the second half, committing nine turnovers, which led to 14 points for Stetson. · This was the second game this season Liberty has outshot its opponent from the field and yet lost. Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay“Their (Stetson) game plan was shoot the three, and if you don’t have it, drive it.
Liberty completes sweep over Kennesaw State
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty completed the weekend sweep over Kennesaw State, defeating the Owls 76-47. Liberty improves to 11-4 this season and 3-1 in the ASUN Conference while Kennesaw State drops to 3-9 and 0-4 in conference. The Flames took advantage of Kennesaw State inside the paint, as 14 of Liberty’s first 20 points were inside the paint. · Liberty out-rebounded Kennesaw State 39-29. · Liberty outscored Kennesaw State 40-14 inside the paint.
Liberty scores season-high 88 in ASUN-opening win over Lipscomb
Four Lady Flames scored in double figures, and Liberty tallied a season high for points in an 88-59 triumph over Lipscomb. The Lady Flames have won four straight contests overall, seven consecutive ASUN Conference games and nine home games in a row. Lipscomb Individuals: Jordan Peete – 12 points; Taylor Clark – 11 points; Jalyn Holcomb – 10 points, 3 assists; Jane Deason – 6 rebounds. Eleven different Lady Flames scored points, as the victors recorded 39 bench points. The home team remains undefeated at Liberty Arena, including a 6-0 record for the Liberty men’s basketball team and a 4-0 mark for the Lady Flames.
Liberty outlasts Coastal Carolina in overtime to win Cure Bowl, 37-34
Malik Willis rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns and Alex Barbir hit a 44-yard field goal in the first overtime to give No. 9 Coastal Carolina in the Cure Bowl in Orlando on Saturday. After Barbir’s field goal, Coastal Carolina had a chance to tie the game on its possession of the first overtime, but Liberty blocked a 42-yard attempt to preserve the win. Liberty never trailed, but saw Coastal Carolina rally from a 31-19 deficit and tie the game at 34-34 with 3:01 remaining. Liberty finished its season 10-1 and handed Coastal Carolina (10-1) its first loss of the season.
Liberty leads Coastal Carolina at halftime of Cure Bowl
23 Liberty is off to a great start in the Cure Bowl in Orlando against No. 9 Coastal Carolina, as the Flames have taken a 17-13 lead at halftime. Malik Willis rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter, one from five yards out to give Liberty a 7-0 lead with 6:59 left in the first and another on a 6-yard touchdown run with six seconds remaining in the opening quarter to give the Flames a 14-0 lead. Liberty (9-1) is trying to end a bid for a perfect regular season by Coastal Carolina (10-0).
Liberty runs by Alcorn State in final non-conference test
Lynchburg, Va. – Liberty closes out the 2020 calendar year with a 108-65 win over Alcorn State. Liberty started the game 6-10 from the field, while holding Alcorn State to 3-10 on offense. Liberty led Alcorn State 19-16 at the 10:26-mark and the Flames would go on a 15-3 run as the Flames continued to be efficient on offense. After shooting 58 percent in the first half, Liberty would go into the break with a 57-33 lead. Liberty outscored Alcorn State 32-18 inside the paint.
Liberty defense steps up in rout of South Carolina State
– Liberty’s defense led the way in the Flames’ 82-52 win over South Carolina State. First HalfSouth Carolina State got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 14-5 lead, sparked by Rahsaan Edwards’ nine points. Liberty did not allow South Carolina State to score a field goal in the final 10:50 of the half and ended the 1st half on a 31-1 run, going into the break with a 44-17 lead. As Liberty’s starters set the tone, Liberty’s bench came in and provided offense as well, outscoring South Carolina State’s bench 23-12 throughout the game. Liberty shot 50 percent for the game, while holding South Carolina State to 39 percent.
Liberty earns a victory in first men’s game in new arena
The first game in Liberty Arena was a success for the Liberty men’s basketball team as the Flames improve to 3-2 with a 78-62 win over St. Francis (1-3). The Flames shot 53 percent from the field, led by Keegan McDowell’s career-high 21 points. First HalfLiberty did an exceptional job of getting its players involved on offense to start the game, as eight players scored for Liberty in the first half. The Flames distributed the ball well throughout the night, especially in the second half recording nine assists off 13 makes. Key Stats & Notes· Liberty shot over 50 percent for the third time this season.
Liberty aiming to “remain humble” ahead of Western Carolina matchup
LYNCHBURG, Va. – “If you don’t humble yourself you will be humbled so, we’re taking that approach,” said Flames Safety, Ben Alexander. Despite riding high on “Cloud 9” at 7-0 with two ACC victories, they aim to remain true to themselves. “You talk about 2020 being strange, we’re playing our 8th football game and facing an opponent that hasn’t had a game. Now, that’s strange and uncomfortable and not quite sure what to prepare for,” said head coach Hugh Freeze. Lining up in hopes of not letting up when they kickoff at Noon Saturday--as they aim to win their 10th consecutive home game.
Liberty extends head football coach’s contract through 2026
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Looks like Liberty University’s head football coach is going to stay with the Flames for six more years. Liberty announced Wednesday that it has extended its contract with Hugh Freeze, the head football coach, through the 2026 season. “We are proud of Coach Freeze and the football program,” said Jerry Prevo, Liberty University President. Falwell’s vision was for Liberty to compete at the highest level of college football and Coach Freeze is making great strides towards realizing the vision.”Prevo said that this contract extension demonstrates his commitment and support of Freeze and the football program. “Coach Freeze is a wonderful blessing to Liberty and we are grateful for his outstanding leadership of our football program and mentorship of our football student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.
Virginia Tech Win Pushes Flames into Both Top 25 Polls
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Following a thrilling 38-35 win over in-state foe Virginia Tech on Saturday, Liberty has moved into both top 25 polls for the first time in program history. 22 in the Associated Press poll and received their first-ever ranking in the Amway Coaches poll at No. In its second full season at the FBS level, Liberty cracked the top 25 polls last week when the Flames were ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. Liberty is one of two FBS independents currently ranked in both top 25 polls.
Liberty Flames defeat Virginia Tech Hokies, 38-35
The Liberty Flames defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies by a score of 38-35. The Flames started the game off scoring in the first quarter with a Malik Willis 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver CJ Yarbrough. In the second quarter, Liberty scored again with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Willis to tight end Jerome Jackson. In response to the Liberty touchdown, Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Gallo. Then in the fourth quarter, Willis extended the Liberty lead to eight points with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Johnny Huntley.
Recruiting Reality: Part 2, how college recruiting is affected by no high school football season
According to Johnson, the average percentage of players the Flames are recruiting in states without fall football is 36%, and 19% of those are in the state of Virginia. “Where it sticks us, we will prioritize over states that are playing football," Johnson said. “The big challenge for us moving forward is the actual 2021 class, their senior film," Adams said. That leaves high school football coaches as the liaison between their players and the next level. That when the spring comes around and you can play, hopefully it all pays off?
Liberty cracks AP Top 25 Football poll for 1st time
In just its second full season at the FBS level, Liberty has cracked one of the nation’s top 25 polls, entering the Associated Press poll at No. With 118 votes in this week’s poll, the Flames (6-0) secured the final ranking spot in this week’s media poll. Liberty is one of two FBS independent programs in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, joining fellow undefeated program BYU, who is ranked No. 25 in the STATS FCS Poll on Nov. 7, 2016, during one of the Flames' final seasons at the FBS level. 25 Liberty will travel to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to face its second ACC foe of the season in Virginia Tech.
7 for 7: Willis’ record-setting day sparks Liberty’s victory over Southern Miss
The win had special meaning to Liberty Head Coach Hugh Freeze, a 1992 Southern Miss graduate. Willis added 97 rushing yards on 12 carries, and his rushing touchdown gave him seven total touchdowns. Southern Miss quarterback Tate Whatley (52 yards rushing, 188 yards passing) rushed for a Williams Stadium record-tying four touchdowns and added a passing touchdown. After Liberty held each of its previous three opponents to below 100 rushing yards, the Golden Eagles totaled 215 rushing yards. Southern Miss scored with less than a minute left to set the final score.
Paradise football brings a community together 1 year after devastating Camp Fire
Flames tore the community apart, but football has helped to bring it back together. The undefeated Bobcats of Paradise High School may have been playing in top-seeded Eagles' territory recently, but you wouldn't have known it from the crowd. "If you look at the stands, the whole town of Paradise is here," said running back Lukas Hartley. It's been one year since 95% of Paradise was erased by the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. Under Friday night lights, the Bobcats won, so next up are the division championships.cbsnews.com
Rains aid in battling ponderosa pine fire near Flagstaff, Arizona
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - Flames raged mostly unchecked for a third day through Americas largest ponderosa pine forest, threatening thousands of residents in and around Flagstaff, Arizona, but firefighters made the most of afternoon rains on Tuesday to finally take the offensive. The Museum Fire, named for the Museum of Northern Arizona not far from the blazes point of origin, has scorched at least 1,400 acres (567 hectares) of the Coconino National Forest since erupting on Sunday, fire officials said. Rugged terrain has made battling the flames difficult, said Joel Barnett, a spokesman for a multi-agency fire command led by the U.S. Forest Service. More than 500 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, one of three large fires reported this week in the sprawling Coconino National Forest, encompassing some of the largest contiguous swaths of ponderosa pine in North America. The National Interagency Fire Center tallied a total of 11 major wildfires across Arizona.feeds.reuters.com
Ferocious wildfire flames tear through NorCal towns
Flames have displaced about 23,000 people and have destroyed around 750 homes. More buildings are at risk. The fire killed retired teacher Barbara McWilliams. The disabled 72-year-old could not escape the flames. The Valley Fire is considered one of the most destructive in California history. Danielle Nottingham reports from Middletown, where flames leveled much of the town.cbsnews.com