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 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
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...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Scottie James had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Liberty to a 57-51 win over NJIT on Friday night and claim a share of the Atlantic Sun title.
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...
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 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.
Vandy’s Garland rebounds with big night in win over Liberty
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Darius Garland scored a career-high 33 points and his backcourt partner Saben Lee added 17 and Vanderbilt won a battle of unbeaten teams with a 77-70 victory over Liberty on Monday night.
Garland rebounded from an off-night after being held to a career-low three points in Friday's win over Alcorn State. He hit 12 of 18 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.
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.
Cabbil reaches 1,000 points, Liberty rolls in opener
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 17 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career, and Liberty coasted to an 89-40 win over Maine Fort Kent in its season opener on Thursday night.
Cabbil was 6 of 9 from the field with three 3-pointers, putting him at 1,015 career points, good for 24th on the school career list.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Tarkus Ferguson scored 16 points and Illinois-Chicago beat Liberty 67-51 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the CIT.
UIC closed the first half on an 8-3 run for 28-24 lead and held the first double-digit lead of the game at 40-29 on Godwin Boahen's 3-pointer. Michael Diggins started a 14-0 run with a 3-pointer, Boahen's 3 capped it for a 56-37 advantage and UIC led by at least 14 the rest of the way.
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.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Scottie James and Myo Baxter-Bell scored 14 points apiece, leading five into double figures as Liberty led almost the entire game to oust Campbell 73-59 in a Big South quarterfinal Thursday night.
The Flames (19-13) advance to Friday's semifinal round, facing off against top-seeded UNC Asheville.
Liberty wins in OT, ends Asheville’s 21-game home win streak
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Scottie James scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Liberty blanked UNC Asheville in overtime in an 82-69 victory Thursday night that snapped the Bulldogs' 21-game home win streak.
The Flames (17-11, 8-7 Big South Conference) outscored the Bulldogs 13-0 in overtime for a victory that snapped a seven-game win streak for the Asheville, which last lost at home on Dec. 19, 2016 to UNC Greensboro.
Mitchell with 24, Charleston Southern downs Liberty 87-75
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Cortez Mitchell scored 24 points and Charleston Southern downed Liberty 87-75 on Wednesday night.
Travis McConico added 23 points with five rebounds for the Buccaneers (10-14, 5-8 Big South) who shot 61 percent from the field compared to 53 percent for Liberty. Christian Keeling scored 10 points.
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.
Longwood scores final 14 points to beat Liberty 58-51
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Isaiah Walton had 22 points and Longwood scored the game's final 14 points to overtake Liberty 58-51 on Friday night.
Walton and Charles Glover scored five points each and Spencer Franklin four in the game-ending rally for the Lancers (5-13, 2-3 Big South).
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.
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.
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 uses free throws to hold of Quinnipiac 84-72
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Liberty over Quinnipiac 84-72 on Sunday in the seventh-place game at the Paradise Jam.
Lovell Cabbil added 19 points and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz 12 for the Flames (3-2), who won on their home floor in the tournament moved from Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage.
Liberty (3-2) trailed by four at halftime but took the lead for good on a Ryan Kemrite 3 pointer with 13:31 left.
Mercer beats Liberty in 1st game of relocated Paradise Jam
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Ria'n Holland scored 13 points, Jordan Strawberry had nine points, a career-high 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Mercer beat Liberty 63-48 on Friday in the first game of the relocated Paradise Jam.
It was moved from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to the Vines Center in Lynchburg due to damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Cabbil, Kemrite spark Liberty to 79-66 upset at Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Liberty had not won a nonconference road game against a Division I opponent in almost five years. It had not defeated an ACC opponent in nearly a decade. On Tuesday night, it hardly showed.
Lovell Cabbil scored 22 points, Ryan Kemrite had 17 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, and Liberty upset Wake Forest 79-66 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Cabbil does damage early in Liberty’s 87-42 win over Summit
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 14 points and Isaiah Williams and Ezra Talbert each scored 13 and Liberty controlled Division-III level Summit from the outset in an 87-42 win on Friday.
Williams finished 9 for 11 from the free-throw line and Keegan McDowell added 11 points for the Flames.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Christian Bradford scored Radford's final six points from the free-throw line in the final 36 seconds and the sixth-seeded Highlanders upset No. 3 seed Liberty 56-52 on Thursday in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals.
Radford will take on No. 7 seed Campbell in the semifinals on Friday. The Camels upset second-seeded UNC Asheville 81-79 earlier Thursday.
Johnson scores 24 as Winthrop moves into second-place tie
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Keon Johnson scored 24 points and Winthrop beat Liberty 84-67 on Saturday to join the Flames in a second-place tie in the Big South Conference.
The Eagles (21-6, 13-3) swept the season series from Liberty (18-11, 13-3) with the two teams trailing UNC Asheville (14-2) with two games remaining.
Anders Broman scored 17 points and Xavier Cooks scored 14 points with 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who shot 50 percent and were 10 of 25 on 3-pointers.
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.
Liberty holds Campbell to 16 1st-half points, wins 72-40
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 16 points and Liberty held Campbell to a season-low 16 first-half points in a 72-40 victory on Saturday to move to 6-0 on the road in Big South play.
Campbell was just 5-of-24 shooting (20.8 percent) in the first half and finished at 26.1.
Liberty rebounds from loss by crushing Longwood, 93-62
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Ryan Kemrite hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points and Liberty bounced back from a Saturday loss to Big South leader Winthrop to crush Longwood 93-62 on Thursday night.
The Flames (12-10, 7-2) had been on a season-best four game win streak before falling to the Eagles.
Winthrop’s defense swarms Liberty in 61-48 win
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Anders Broman set career highs with six 3-pointers and 19 points, Keon Johnson added 16 points and six rebounds, and Winthrop took sole possession of first place in the Big South with a 61-48 win over Liberty on Saturday night.
Broman was 6 of 8 from beyond the arc for the Eagles (15-4, 7-1), who have won six in a row and 11 of 12.
Liberty uses free throws to beat Radford in overtime
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 16 points, Ryan Kemrite 14 and Myo Baxter-Bell 12 with the three combining for Liberty's 12 overtime points — all free throws — and the Flames escaped with a 71-64 victory over Radford on Saturday.
Kemrite made six free throws, Cabbil four and Baxter-Bell two in the extra period. John Dawson added 11 points for the Flames (10-9, 5-1), equaling their best start in the Big South since 2010-11.
Lovell leads Liberty in 61-54 win over Campbell
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed five rebounds as Liberty beat Campbell 61-54 on Saturday.
Cabbil was 6 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line for Liberty (8-9, 3-1 Big South Conference). Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 11 points and five rebounds and John Dawson had 10 points and four rebounds.
Robertson hits 6 3-pointers, UNC Asheville beats Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — David Robertson made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to help UNC Asheville beat Liberty 70-57 on Tuesday night.
Robertson, a senior, made 5 of 8 3-pointers in the first half and scored 17 point to help UNC Asheville build a 36-25 lead. The Bulldogs were 6 of 14 from distance in the half and made 50 percent overall. He finished 6 of 9 from the field and 2 for 2 at the stripe to finish three points shy of tying another career-best.
Kemrite, Liberty beat Charleston Southern 81-70
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ryan Kemrite scored seven of his 19 points in the final 4:01 to help Liberty hold off Charleston Southern for an 81-70 win on Saturday.
The Flames (7-8, 2-0 Big South) had a 7-0 run to lead 69-56 on Brock Gardner's pair of free throws with 3:52 left. Liberty kept its lead between 11 and 15 from there.