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Liberty Looks to Complete Regular Season Sweep of First-Place Winthrop

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The play of Xavier Cooks is a big reason for Winthrop’s current six game winning streak. (Source: The Herald) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Big South looks like a big mess through the first 10 games of conference play.

Coming into Thursday night’s action, three teams are tied atop the league standings at 7-3, while another two teams are just a game behind at 6-4. Overall, six of the teams in the 10-team league are at .500 or better in conference play, which means the second half of league play will be an exciting one.

Thursday night also marks the second meeting of the regular season between the Winthrop Eagles and Liberty Flames. A win for the Flames would help them take another step towards the top, while a win for the Eagles could leave them alone in first place when the night is all said and done.

As the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders down the stretch, each and every game is an important one. Thursday night’s tilt inside the Vines Center will tell us a lot about both the Flames and Eagles as Big South play continues to move towards the conference tournament.

Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s Big South battle between Winthrop and Liberty. Continue reading Liberty Looks to Complete Regular Season Sweep of First-Place Winthrop

UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

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Ahmad Thomas (above) and Kevin Vannatta (top) scored 23 points apiece on Sunday to lead UNC Asheville past Liberty for the 13th straight time, 84-68. (Source: UNC Asheville Athletics) (Header: UNC Asheville Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Coming into Sunday, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs have reigned supreme over the Liberty Flames, having won their previous 12 meetings.

Thanks to 15 made three pointers as a team, the Bulldogs cruised to the 84-68 win over the Flames on the road, continuing their dominance over their Big South Conference foes.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 62.5% (30-of-48) from the field, and 62.5% (15-of-24) from beyond the arc. They also picked up 20 assists on their 30 made field goals. For the Flames, they 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, and just 27.8% (5-of-18) from three point range.

With the win, the Bulldogs have now won four of their last five games in Big South play while the Flames have dropped four straight after a three game winning streak. Continue reading UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

Liberty Basketball: Previewing the High Point Panthers

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Former Iona guard Jahaad Proctor has helped guide High Point to a 3-3 start in Big South play, and he will look to lead the Panthers past Liberty on Thursday. (Source: HERO Sports) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Through the first three weeks, the Big South Conference has been big fun.

The conference standings are quite the sight to behold, and things are rather interesting through six games. At the top, the Radford Highlanders enter Thursday night with a 5-1 record, and sit alone in first place. Then, a pair of teams sit at 4-2 overall, just a game back of top spot.

From there, it gets even more backed up.

Five teams come into Thursday night with a record of 3-3 against conference teams. Two of those programs, the Liberty Flames and High Point Panthers, will square off inside the Millis Athletic Center in High Point, NC. A win for either team would provide them with a bit of separation from the pack, and get them a step closer to the top spot.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Flames and Panthers doing battle on the court.
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Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Radford Highlanders

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Lovell Cabbil has recorded double digit points in three straight games, and will look to lead Liberty to a road win over first-place Radford on Monday night. (Source: Sports Chat Place) (Header: Radford News Journal)

RADFORD, Va. — The Big South Conference is shaping up to be an exciting race to the finish in 2017-18.

Entering Monday’s action, every team in the conference has at least one win and at least one loss. Three games separate the teams at 1-4 from the ones at 4-1. The level of parity in the league has fans excited for the rest of the season, and any one of a handful of teams could realistically win the conference title and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, the Liberty Flames and Radford Highlanders are set to do battle in a game that features two of the top contenders for the conference title. The Highlanders come into the day in a tie for first place, while the Flames are just a game behind and are nipping at their heels.

A win for either team would assert them as arguably the top threat in the conference through six games. Radford wants to hold down home court, while the Flames want to pick up a road win and make a statement. Both are coming off losses in their previous outings, so they would like to start new winning streaks with a win.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between Liberty and Radford.

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Late Free Throws Send Liberty Past Winthrop, 73-70

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Lovell Cabbil (3) scored a team-high 19 points on Tuesday night, leading Liberty to the 73-70 win over Winthrop. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

ROCK HILL, SC. — Lovell Cabbil scored a team-high 19 points to go along with five assists, and Isaiah Williams hit a pair of free throws in the closing minute to seal the deal on a 73-70 win for the Liberty Flames over the Winthrop Eagles on Tuesday night.

Tuesday marked the first of two meetings between the Flames and the defending champions in the Big South Conference. Liberty was looking to keep pace atop the conference standings with the Radford Highlanders, while the Eagles were simply looking to get back to .500 in conference play.

Winthrop had Liberty’s number last season, sweeping the regular season series against the Flames with a pair of double-digit victories. The Flames had their sights set on some retribution on Tuesday on the Eagles’ home floor, and they didn’t disappoint.

While the Eagles would open up a 14-2 lead just over five minutes into the game, the Flames would claw their way back and neither team would lead by more than eight points the rest of the way. The game came down to the wire, and it was ultimately won at the free throw line.

With nine seconds left in the game, Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws, giving Liberty the 71-70 lead. Ryan Kemrite would pad the lead with a pair of free throws with two ticks on the clock, and Liberty picked up the 73-70 victory on the road. Continue reading Late Free Throws Send Liberty Past Winthrop, 73-70

Ryan Kemrite Reaches Career Milestone in Liberty’s 60-48 Win Over Presbyterian

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Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz recorded a team-high 14 points on Saturday to lead Liberty past Presbyterian, 60-48. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — On Saturday afternoon, Ryan Kemrite recorded just two points, but they were a big two points as the Liberty Flames knocked off the Presbyterian Blue Hose in Big South play, 60-48.

Kemrite came into the day just two points shy of 1,000 for his career. With 10:58 to play in the second half, Kemrite scored his only two points of the game from the charity stripe, becoming the 25th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.

It was a back-and-forth first half that saw the teams trade leads on several occasions, and the Blue Hose taking a 22-21 lead into the break. The second half started the same way, as the teams were neck-and-neck for the first 10 minutes. Liberty found their groove in the final 10 minutes of the second frame, and pulled away for the 12-point victory on their home floor. Continue reading Ryan Kemrite Reaches Career Milestone in Liberty’s 60-48 Win Over Presbyterian