Liberty's Defense Leads the Way to 2-0 Start to the Year

Liberty's Defense Leads the Way to 2-0 Start to the Year

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty moved to 2-0 on the season with an impressive defensive performance, defeating Trevecca Nazarene 93-40. All 11 eligible players for the Flames scored in the game led by Scottie James with a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds.    

Turning Point

The Flames got off to a solid start to open the game, going on an 11-0 run midway through the half. The Flames were efficient on offense shooting 57.1 percent in the first half with 10 players scoring. Caleb Homesley was a difference maker in the first half with five points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in just nine and half minutes of action.

Key Stats & Notes

  • For the second straight game, Liberty allowed its opponent to score just 40 points.

  • The Flames had five players score double-figures.

  • Liberty shot 55.6 percent from the field while holding Trevecca Nazarene to 27.5 percent.

  • Scottie James posted his second straight double-double and 13th for his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Liberty has allowed just 80 points in the first two games, which has set the Liberty record for fewest points allowed in the first two games of the season.

  • Liberty went on a 16-0 run in the second half.

  • The Flames forced 20 turnovers, which led to 25 points.

  • Caleb Homesley grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and tied his career high in assists (6).

  • Liberty's bench outscored Trevecca Nazarene's bench 44-16.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"I was pleased with our guys and the great thing was we got to rest a bunch of our starters. They have been logging some tough minutes in practice and our practices are really competitive so it was good to see Zach (Farquhar), Darius (McGhee), Brendan (Newton) play and also see Keegan McDowell get some extended minutes, who had a really good game tonight."    

Up Next

The Flames will now head on the road for two straight games beginning at Kent State. Tipoff against the Golden Flash is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and can be seen on ESPN3.