Baxter-Bell with 19, Liberty beats Charleston Southern 76-69
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Myo Baxter-Bell scored 19 points as Liberty notched its sixth-straight win, beating Charleston Southern 76-69 on Saturday.
Ryan Kemrite added 16 points for the Flames (17-10, 12-2 Big South). Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz and Lovell Cabbil had 12 points apiece. John Dawson led with 10 rebounds in addition to his eight points.
The team averaged 49 percent shooting from the floor compared to 37.5 percent for Charleston Southern.
Kemrite had four 3-pointers in the first half and Baxter-Bell made back-to-back dunks to help the Flames to a 37-27 lead at the break.
Liberty led throughout the second half. Charleston Southern cut it to 59-57 on a Cortez Mitchell 3-pointer and two free throws with 5:37 to play. But A.C. Reid answered by sinking a 3 and the Flames held on down the stretch.
Mitchell finished with 21 points to lead the Buccaneers (8-17, 4-10) who have lost five of the last six.