Virginia Tech, Liberty meet in Second Round
No. 12 seed Liberty (29-6) vs. No. 4 seed Virginia Tech (25-8)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California; Sunday, 6:10 p.m. EDT
Duke’s Zion Williamson shines in NCAA Tournament debut
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson had an explosive NCAA Tournament debut with 25 points to lead top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State on Friday night.
Liberty upsets Mississippi St 80-76 for 1st NCAA tourney win
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, Liberty didn't give in a bit. Instead, the Flames just kept getting the ball to...
Liberty earns 1st NCAA tourney bid since 2013, tops Lipscomb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Liberty Flames didn't talk about missing the NCAA Tournament a year ago on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Instead, playing again for an automatic berth, junior guard Caleb...
Liberty meets Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun finals
No. 2 seed Liberty (27-6, 16-2) vs. No. 1 seed Lipscomb (25-6, 16-2)
Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Championship, Allen Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James had a season-high 24 points as Liberty defeated North Florida 71-63 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney on Thursday night.
Liberty meets N. Fla. in Atlantic Sun semis
No. 3 seed North Florida (16-16, 10-7) vs. No. 2 seed Liberty (26-6, 15-2)
Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz registered 16 points as Liberty beat Jacksonville 72-58 in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament quarterfinals on Monday night.
Jacksonville (12-19, 5-11) vs. Liberty (25-6, 14-2)
Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jacksonville and Liberty are set to clash. Liberty swept the...
Liberty looks to sweep NJIT
Liberty (24-6, 13-2) vs. NJIT (20-10, 8-7)
Wellness and Events Center, Newark, New Jersey; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: NJIT seeks revenge on Liberty after dropping the first...
Cuffee, Homesley lift Liberty past Kennesaw State 76-59
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Elijah Cuffee had 16 points to lead five Liberty players in double figures as the Flames defeated Kennesaw State 76-59 on Tuesday night. Caleb Homesley added 15 points for...
Kennesaw St. looks to end streak vs Liberty
Kennesaw State (5-24, 2-12) vs. Liberty (23-6, 12-2)
Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Liberty looks to extend Kennesaw State's conference losing...
Sams scores 20 to lead North Florida over Liberty, 75-70
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Sams had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as North Florida narrowly beat Liberty 75-70 on Saturday.
Caleb Homesley's 3-pointer drew Liberty to within...
Cabbil scores 30 to carry Liberty past North Alabama 80-70
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil had a career-high 30 points as Liberty defeated North Alabama 80-70 on Saturday.
Cabbil shot 8 for 10 from the floor, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and converted 9 of 10 from the foul line.
Caleb Homesley had 13 points for Liberty (23-5, 12-1 Atlantic Sun Conference), which won its fifth straight game. Scottie James added 11 points and 14 rebounds.
James, Cabbil lead Liberty past Lipscomb 74-66
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scottie James had 17 points to lead five Liberty players in double figures as the Flames topped Lipscomb 74-66 on Wednesday night.
Lovell Cabbil added 16 points for the Flames. Caleb Homesley chipped in 12, Myo Baxter-Bell scored 11 and Darius McGhee had 10. Homesley also had 10 rebounds for the Flames (22-5, 11-1 Atlantic Sun). Liberty's win leaves the two teams tied for first place in the conference.
James leads Liberty over Florida Gulf Coast 74-67
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James recorded 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead Liberty to a 74-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night.
Caleb Homesley had 13 points for Liberty (21-5, 10-1 Atlantic Sun Conference). Lovell Cabbil added 12 points. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz had 10 points for the home team.
Schadrac Casimir had 33 points for the Eagles (10-16, 5-6). Dinero Mercurius added 16 points.
Liberty holds off Stetson 57-54 behind Cabbil’s 19 points
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 19 points and Liberty held off Stetson 57-54 on Tuesday night to reach 20 wins the fastest in program history.
Caleb Homesley added 16 points and Scottie James had 10 for the Flames (20-5, 9-1), who remain second in Atlantic Sun Conference behind Lipscomb (18-4, 9-0).
Stetson outrebounded Liberty 42-31 but gave up 15 points off 16 turnovers and was outscored 32-20 in the paint.
Liberty bounces back to beat NJIT 77-57
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored 18 points, Caleb Homesley added 17 and Scottie James had 16 with 10 rebounds as Liberty bounced back from its lone conference loss with a 77-57 win over NJIT on Saturday night.
Pacheco-Ortiz made all four of his 3-point attempts and Homesley and Lovell Cabbil (13 points) made three each for the Flames, who shot 52 percent overall and 46 percent from the arc.
Lipscomb beats Liberty to stand alone atop Atlantic Sun
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Garrison Mathews nailed five from long range to total 22 points and Lipscomb beat Liberty 79-59 on Tuesday night as the Flames missed 18 shots beyond the arc.
Lipscomb sprinted to a commanding lead in a matchup of unbeaten teams in Atlantic Sun action. Lipscomb (17-4, 8-0) took the lead in the early minutes after Eli Pepper drained a trey and pushed its advantage to 42-24 at the break.
Liberty eases by North Alabama 72-47
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 20 points with a near-perfect shooting day and Liberty coasted to its seventh-straight win Monday night, defeating North Alabama 72-47.
Cabil was 5 of 6 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line.
Caleb Homesley added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including three 3s, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Flames (17-4, 6-0 Atlantic Sun), who have never started a conference season 6-0.
Liberty remains unbeaten in Atlantic Sun with 70-64 win
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 18 points and Caleb Homesley 14 and Liberty remained undefeated in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 70-64 victory on Saturday night for the Flames' sixth consecutive win.
James and Homesley scored 10 points each in the second half after Liberty (16-4, 5-0) trailed 35-32 at halftime.
There were 20 ties and 15 lead changes with Liberty going up for good with an 8-0 run covering nearly four minutes to lead 67-59 with 28 seconds remaining.
Big second half helps Liberty beat Kennesaw State 62-41
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Scottie James had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Liberty pulled away big in the second half for a 62-41 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.
Caleb Homesley added 12 points and seven rebounds for Liberty (15-4, 4-0 Atlantic Sun Conference), which earned its fifth straight win. Keenan Gumbs and Elijah Cuffee chipped in 11 points apiece.
James scores 18, Liberty defeats Jacksonville 69-53
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and pulled down nine rebounds, Caleb Homesley added 14 points and 11 boards and Liberty defeated Jacksonville 69-53 Saturday, improving to 3-0 in its first season in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Flames (14-4) led 35-24 at halftime and pushed the lead to as many as 13 points after the break. Jacksonville erased most of that to pull within 47-42 on a Jace Hogan free throw with 7:35 left to play.
Liberty downs SC State 79-55 for best start since 1991
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored 18 points with six 3-pointers, Scottie James added 14 points with eight rebounds, and Liberty never trailed in beating South Carolina State 79-55 on Tuesday night.
Lovell Cabbil had 15 points, Caleb Homesley 13 and Elijah Cuffee 11 for the Flames, who are 8-2 for the first time since 1991.
Liberty outshot the Bulldogs 56 percent to 39 percent, scored 24 points off of 15 turnovers and made 28 field goals on 25 assists, led by Cabbil's five.
Cuffee, Homesley with 19 each, Liberty wallops Georgia State
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Elijah Cuffee and Caleb Homesley scored 19 points each and accounted for eight of Liberty's 11 3-point baskets as the Flames torched Georgia State 78-52 Saturday night in a clash of mid-major teams.
Liberty cruises to 93-40 win over Trevecca Nazarene
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Caleb Homesley grabbed 12 rebounds, scored 10 points and made six assists and Liberty beat Division II Trevecca Nazarene 93-40 on Tuesday night.
Lovell Cabbil Jr. scored 13 points and Keegan McDowell and Elijah Cuffee added 11 apiece for the Flames (2-0), who outscored the Trojans 38-12 in the paint and scored 25 points off of 20 turnovers.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Scottie James grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 14 points, including a go-ahead free throw with 3:34 to play, and fifth-seeded Liberty upset top-seeded UNC-Asheville 69-64 in Friday night's Big South Conference Tournament semifinals.
Lovell Cabbil scored 14 points and made all five of his free throws for the Flames (20-13), who face No. 2 seed Radford in Sunday's championship game.
James leads with 26 points as Liberty downs Longwood 67-55
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Liberty notched its third-straight win, downing Longwood 67-55 on Saturday.
Lovell Cabbil added 10 points and four rebounds for the Flames (15-10, 6-6 Big South). Caleb Homesley scored nine points with four assists and five steals and led the team with 10 rebounds.
James leads Liberty to 77-61 win as Flames sweep Winthrop
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James had 21 points and Caleb Homesley added 16 as Liberty rolled over Winthrop 77-61 on Thursday night to sweep the Eagles for the season.
Liberty (14-10, 5-6 Big South) beat Winthrop 73-70 earlier in the year, which gave the Flames their first regular season sweep of Winthrop since the 2003-04 season.
Williams hits 2 late FTs to give Liberty 73-70 win
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Isaiah Williams was fouled as he hauled in an offensive rebound and then made two free throws in the final ten seconds as Liberty rallied to beat Winthrop 73-70 on Tuesday night.
Liberty pulls away for 60-48 win over Presbyterian
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz led a balanced attack with 14 points and Liberty pulled away for a 60-48 win over Presbyterian on Saturday.
Lovell Cabbil added 13 points and Caleb Homesley 12 for the Flames (11-5, 2-1 Big South Conference), who used an 11-0 run starting midway through the second half to break the game open.
Pacheco-Ortiz hits 7 3s, Liberty drops Charleston Southern
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz had a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Liberty to a 70-53 win over Charleston Southern on Tuesday night.
Scottie James added 14 points and matched his career high with 15 rebounds and Caleb Homesley scored 11, all in the second half, as the Flames (10-5, 1-1 Big South) pulled away. Pacheco-Ortiz was 7 of 8 behind the arc and missed his only shot inside.
O’Reilly’s career-high 27 carries Gardner-Webb to 58-55 win
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Liam O'Reilly scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half and Gardner-Webb defeated Liberty 58-55 in a Big South opener Saturday.
Cabbil, Kemrite lead easy Liberty victory, 96-40
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 21 points and Ryan Kemrite 17, and the pair led a big game-opening run in a 96-40 victory over Kentucky Christian on Saturday.
Cabbil and Kemrite scored eight points each in a 26-3 run to start the game. Liberty (8-3) led 51-21 at halftime with 12 Flames seeing action and 10 scoring before the break.
Liberty eases past Maryland-Eastern Shore 71-49
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Ryan Kemrite had 12 points and reserves Caleb Homesley and Myo Baxter-Bell combined to score 21 to lead Liberty to a 71-49 romp over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday night.
Baxter-Bell scored 11 with four rebounds and four assists and Homesley added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Flames (7-3), who dominated the first half and led 38-16 at intermission.
UNC Greensboro downs Liberty 76-75 in 3OT
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Francis Alonso scored a career-high 36 points and hit the game-winner with 2.4 seconds left in the third overtime as UNC Greensboro beat Liberty 76-75 on Saturday.
Alonso let the ball roll to midcourt, crossed over his defender to get into the lane and hit a fall-away shot.
Pacheco-Ortiz scores 17, leads Liberty past Howard, 75-55
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz had a season-high 17 points and Scottie James had his second-consecutive double-double to help Liberty beat Howard 75-55 on Monday night.
Pacheco-Ortiz made 6 of 7 from the field, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists, while James had 14 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, and 10 rebounds. Caleb Homesley scored 15 points, Ryan Kemrite added 11 and freshman Elijah Cuffee tied his career high with 10 points for Liberty (5-2).
Liberty beats Clarks Summit 81-33 behind Gardner
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Brock Gardner scored 18 points, Myo Baxter-Bell scored 16, grabbed 11 rebounds and made five assists, and Liberty never trailed in defeating Division III Clarks Summit 81-33 on Friday night to end a three-game skid.
Liberty beats Central Penn 62-48 behind Homesley
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Caleb Homesley scored 15 points and set career highs with 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Liberty pulled away in the second half to beat Division II-member Central Pennsylvania College 62-48 on Tuesday night.
Tied at 22 at halftime, Liberty pulled ahead 39-34 on Homesley's free throw and led 53-43 on a 3 by Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz with 2:38 left.
Homesley, Kermite lead Liberty over MVSU 70-55
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Caleb Homesley scored 22 points and Ryan Kemrite 21 to lead Liberty to a 70-55 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday.
Homesley was 9-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers with his point total matching a career high for the sophomore. Kemrite, a junior, made a career-best seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts.
Liberty (3-2) made 14 of 26 3-point attempts, the second straight game the Flames made 14 following an 84-77 victory over UMass Lowell on Monday.
Dawson, Chen combine for 29, Liberty beats Cairn Univ. 81-53
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — John Dawson and Ray Chen combined for 29 points as Liberty opened the season with an 81-53 victory over Division III Cairn University.
Dawson made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc to total 15 points and Chen hit 3 of 4 field goal attempts and made all six free throw attempts for 14. Ryan Kemrite and Caleb Homesley had nine points apiece.