LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty became the first team in the country to reach the 10-win mark this season as the Flames defeated Trinity Baptist College 87-28. The win was Liberty’s largest margin of victory in school history as 28 points was also the fewest points Liberty has allowed an opponent to score in a game in school history.
Liberty started the game on a 16-2 run, shooting 60 percent (6-10) in its first 10 shots of the game. While the offense started clicking, Liberty’s defense was exceptional holding Trinity Baptist College to just 20 percent (2-10) in its first 10 shots of the game. Liberty’s defense frustrated Trinity Baptist College all night long, holding the Eagles to just 22.2 percent (12-54) shooting throughout the game. Liberty had a balanced scoring attack as all 14 Liberty players scored against Trinity Baptist College.
Key Stats & Notes
· Liberty is 10-0 for the first time in school history.
· Liberty is the first team in the country to reach 10 wins this season.
· Liberty has now won 15 straight games against non-conference opponents at home.
· Trinity Baptist College’s 11 points in the first half was the fewest Liberty has ever allowed in a half in school history (previous low was 12 on Dec. 16, 2016 against Clarks Summit).
· Twenty-eight points was the fewest points Liberty has allowed an opponent to score in a game in school history.
· After missing four of the last five games, Caleb Homesley returned to the court recording seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
· Tytist Dean (three points) and Luke McKay (three points) each recorded their first collegiate points.
· Colton Reed was tied for a game-high four makes from three-point range, scoring a career-high 12 points.
· Liberty shot 58.9 percent (33-56) from the floor.
· Liberty’s bench outscored Trinity Baptist College’s bench 46-15.
Thoughts from Head Coach Ritchie McKay
“Great to see our students out tonight. It was great to see Caleb (Homesley) out there tonight, moving freely, which hasn’t happened in a while. I wanted to give him a few minutes to shake off the rust. He had an impact on the game and did a really good job.”
Liberty will close out the week on the road when they travel to Phoenix, Ariz. to compete in the Jerry Colangelo Classic against Grand Canyon. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPNU.