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Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Kentucky Christian Knights

Scottie James has recorded at least six rebounds in nine straight games. (Source: Leah Seavers – Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Saturday afternoon marks the final non-conference game at home for the Liberty Flames.

Liberty is off to its best start in a season since the 2008-09 campaign, which was head coach Ritchie McKay’s first stint with the Flames. At 7-3, Liberty currently has the most wins out of any team in the Big South Conference, and they have won five of their last six games heading into Saturday.

The Flames will host the Kentucky Christian Knights, who will be playing their second Division I team in a row. Liberty will then head to Louisiana for the New Orleans Shootout before beginning conference play at the end of December to close out the 2017 calendar year.

While the game serves as an exhibition for the Knights, the Flames will look to iron out any kinks that they may have before the grind of conference play begins.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Saturday’s showdown between the Flames and the Knights. Continue reading Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Kentucky Christian Knights

UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Francis Alonso scored a career-high 36 points on Saturday, and he hit the game-winning three pointer in triple overtime to give UNC Greensboro the 76-75 win over Liberty.

LYNCHBURG, VA. — Big time players hit big time shots.

Junior guard Francis Alonso is a big time player. On Saturday afternoon, Alonso hit big shot after big shot for the UNC Greensboro Spartans, who were in a dog fight on the road against the Liberty Flames.

Liberty held an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play, but the Spartans launched a comeback, one that saw Alonso hit a clutch shot in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. They needed three overtime periods, but Alonso made sure that UNCG was the team that came out on top when all was said and done.

Alonso recorded a career-high 36 points, but none were bigger than his game-winning three pointer in the third overtime with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. The Spartans clawed back in regulation to force extra time, and came away with the hard-fought 76-75 win over Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Liberty Flames Shoot Their Way to 96-50 Victory Over Toccoa Falls

Zach Farquhar scored a career-high 15 points on a perfect shooting effort from beyond the arc to lead Liberty past Toccoa Falls, 96-50. (Source: Zach Farquhar on Twitter) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — After ending the 2017 Paradise Jam on a high note with a win in the 7th place game, the Liberty Flames were back in action on Saturday afternoon to continue their six-game hone swing.

The Flames welcomed the Toccoa Falls Eagles to town for an afternoon contest inside the Vines Center. After only notching one win in three attempts during the 2017 Paradise Jam, the Flames were looking to continue their winning ways.

Behind a strong shooting performance from the team, one that saw the Flames shoot better than 55% from the field and 57% from three point range, the Flames cruised past the Eagles for the 96-50 win. Continue reading Liberty Flames Shoot Their Way to 96-50 Victory Over Toccoa Falls

Liberty closes out the 2017 Paradise Jam with win over Quinnipiac

Lovell Cabbil averaged 15 points per game over the course of the 2017 Paradise Jam for the host Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — On the final day of the 2017 Paradise Jam, the host Liberty Flames ended the tournament with an 84-72 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the 7th-Place game.

Three players scored double-figures for the Flames including a career-high 21 points from Scottie James, who also recorded a game-high eight rebounds.

With the win, Liberty improves to 3-2 on the season while Quinnipiac falls to 1-3. Liberty was efficient on the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats, 32-21, which led to 14 second-chance points for the Flames. Quinnipiac was unable to score any second chance points throughout the game. Continue reading Liberty closes out the 2017 Paradise Jam with win over Quinnipiac

Houston tops Liberty on layup from Corey Davis Jr. in Final Seconds

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored all 16 of his points in the second half, but the Flames fell just short of Houston on Saturday at the 2017 Paradise Jam. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — For the second straight day, the Liberty Flames played the first game of the Paradise Jam, as they hosted the Houston Cougars to kick off day two of the tournament at the Vines Center.

The Flames pushed Houston to its limit all throughout the game exchanging haymakers, but Houston would pull out the 68-66 win in the final seconds.

Throughout the second half, there were 10 lead changes and the score was tied eight different times. After Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz tied the game off a layup plus the foul converting the free-throw, the game was tied 66-66 with 11 seconds left. On Houston’s final possession, Rob Gray missed a jump shot but Corey Davis Jr. followed Gray’s shot with a put back to give the Cougars the win. Continue reading Houston tops Liberty on layup from Corey Davis Jr. in Final Seconds

Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48

Jordan Strawberry flirted with a triple-double on Friday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in Mercers 63-48 win over Liberty at the 2017 Paradise Jam. (Source: Macon.com) (Header: Mercer Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 season tipped off a week ago already.

A lot has happened over the course of the week. From a few upsets, to an exciting Champions Classic, fans have been treated to some exciting basketball over the first seven days of the season.

On Friday, the 2017 Paradise Jam tipped off in Lynchburg, VA, and the host Liberty Flames took on the Mercer Bears to kick off the event. The contest featured two teams who many expect to contend in their respective conferences this season, and it’s one of the top match-ups that the event could produce.

Mercer came out of the gate strong, scoring eight of the first 11 points, holding Liberty to three points over the first five-plus minutes in the process. After the Flames took a brief two-point lead before the midway point of the frame, the Bears retook the lead and never looked back.

Jordan Strawberry scored the final six points of the game over the final 3:04, and Mercer pulled away for the 63-48 victory over the host Flames to kick off the 2017 Paradise Jam. Continue reading Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48