Liberty Earns 20th Win of Season; Clinches Spot in @ASUNMBB Championship

Liberty Earns 20th Win of Season; Clinches Spot in @ASUNMBB Championship


LYNCHBURG, Va. - On a night where Liberty's offense struggled to develop a rhythm, it's defense answered the call leading the Flames to a 57-54 victory over Stetson, Tuesday night at the Vines Center. Liberty is now the eighth team in the country to reach 20 wins this season. With the victory over Stetson, Liberty became the second team in the ASUN to clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship, joining Lipscomb.

Turning Point

Liberty made it difficult for Stetson on offense from the tip, forcing the Hatters to shoot 32 percent in the first half. While Stetson scored just 21 points, Lovell Cabbil Jr. led all scorers with 12 points in the first half, shooting 4-7 from the field. As the Flames struggled on offense in the second half, Stetson would come back to make it close coming within three points (57-54) with 43 seconds left. Stetson had a chance to tie the game with one second left but Keith Matthews' three-point fell short.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is the eighth team this season to reach 20 wins.

  • Feb. 5 is the fastest Liberty has ever reached 20 wins.

  • Head Coach Ritchie McKay picks up his fourth 20-win season in his sixth year at Liberty.

  • This is the first time in school history Liberty has had three straight seasons with at least 20 wins.

  • Liberty had three players score double-figures led by Lovell Cabbil Jr. with a game-high 19 points.

  • With 19 points, Lovell Cabbil Jr. moves into 15th place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 1,258 career points.

  • Scottie James' 10 points puts him at No. 35 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 802 career points.

  • Liberty outscored Stetson 32-20 inside the paint.

  • Stetson scored 13 second chance points while the Flames scored just two points.

  • This was Liberty's fifth win this season where they were out-rebounded by its opponent, as Stetson out-rebounded the Flames 42-31.

  • The Flames shot 37.9 percent (22-58), which was the second lowest shooting percentage for the Flames this season (37.3 percent vs. Lipscomb).

  • Twenty-one points for Stetson in the first half was the second fewest points for Stetson in a half this season. Liberty held the Hatters to 17 points in the first half on Jan. 9.

Thoughts from Coach McKay

"Give credit to Stetson, I thought they played well and we didn't come out with the right mindset. I think this is a privileged to do, not a right and I think you have to pursue excellence when you put on that jersey and I didn't feel like we did that on a consistent enough basis tonight. No Division I basketball game is easy."  

Up Next

The Flames will continue close out their four-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. when they host Florida Gulf Coast. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center and can be seen on ESPN+.