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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

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

Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Ryan Kemrite comes into the 2017 Paradise Jam just 125 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career. While it’s unlikely he’ll pass the mark during the three-day event, he will make strides to get closer to the career milestone over the weekend. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Due to severe damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of the multiple hurricanes and natural disasters over the summer months, the 2017 Paradise Jam was relocated to Lynchburg, VA, home of the Liberty Flames.

On Friday, the three-day event tips off with the home team taking part in the first contest. Twelve games will be played over the weekend, with some potential marquee match-ups on the horizon.

However, one of the top match-ups that the event could produce happens to be the one that kicks everything off. The host Flames take on the senior-laden Mercer Bears to open the event.

With both teams expected to contend in their respective conferences in 2017-18, the opener of the 2017 Paradise Jam won’t disappoint. Continue reading Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Liberty never trails in 87-42 win over Clarks Summit

Lovell Cabbil (right) scored a game-high 14 points as Liberty cruised past Clarks Summit in their 2017-18 opener. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames came out of the gate on fire to open the 2017-18 regular season.

Liberty welcomed the Clarks Summit Defenders to town for their fifth meeting all-time. The Flames were a perfect 4-0 against the Defenders, and were looking to extend their winning streak while also kicking off the season with a win.

From the outset of the game, the Flames seized complete control of the game, and Clarks Summit didn’t put up much of a fight from the opening tip. An extended run to open the game blew things open before the halfway point of the first half, and Liberty had things on cruise control throughout the second half.

Behind a balanced scoring attack that saw 10 of the 11 players who checked into the game score at least two points, Liberty held down their home court to the tune of an 87-42 victory over the Defenders. Continue reading Liberty never trails in 87-42 win over Clarks Summit