Liberty Becomes First Team in DI to 10 Wins, Defeats Trinity Baptist

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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. 

Turning Point

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.”

Up Next

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.    

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