LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty honored its four seniors with a 74-54 win over North Alabama, Monday afternoon at Liberty Arena. Liberty extends its home winning streak to 35 games and improves to 18-5 and 9-2 in the ASUN Conference while North Alabama drops to 10-9 and 6-7 in conference.
All of Liberty’s starting five got involved early on offense, as every player scored within the first five minutes of the game. Liberty started the game shooting 55 percent in the first 10 minutes of the game, while holding North Alabama to 38 percent. Liberty’s defense forced four early turnovers, as the Flames held a 25-14 lead at the halfway point. Liberty hit a bit of a scoring drought towards the end of the half but was able to go on an 8-0 run to end the half, holding onto its double-digit lead, going into halftime with a 41-24 lead. Darius McGhee led all scorers with 13 points in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Both teams came out firing on offense in the second half as both teams shot 50 percent in the first five minutes of the half. Liberty was able to extend its lead to 29 points after going on a 13-2 run with 12:45 left in the game, sparked by Elijah Cuffee and McGhee scoring 16 of Liberty’s 21 points to that point. McGhee stayed hot all throughout the second half, scoring 16 points in the second half as the Flames cruised to a win over the Lions.
Key Stats & Notes
- Liberty extended its winning streak at home to 35 games, which is the second longest in the country.
- Darius McGhee scored a career-high 29 points.
- McGhee’s 29 points is the most by a Liberty player at Liberty Arena.
- Elijah Cuffee moved to No. 21 on Liberty’s all-time assist leaderboard with 248 career assists.
- Liberty forced 11 turnovers while committing just six turnovers.
- Liberty shot 49 percent from the floor while limiting UNA to 37 percent.
- Liberty shot 50 percent from three-point range, the best percentage against an ASUN opponent this season.
Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
“That is our fifth league game is 35 days; this is an incredible group. To be able to have the concentration and resiliency that they have had over the course of a year has been a privilege to watch and be apart of. The last four weeks we haven’t known if we were going to have a game or not or when the game would be played and some of that is beyond anyone’s control but I thought our approach to this game was really good and really pleased with our effort.”
Liberty will play its final home game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 22, as the Flames close out its series with North Alabama. Tipoff is set for noon and can be seen on ESPN+.