Liberty defeats Vanderbilt, first to go to 12-0

liberty baseballLiberty improved to 12-0 Saturday night with a 61-56 win over Vanderbilt, the program’s second win over an SEC opponent in the calendar year.

The first win came last season against Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and the second win came Saturday night on the road.

It was a game of runs in the first half as Vanderbilt created a lead early in the game with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the first half to take a 17-8 lead. The Flames responded with a 19-4 run themselves to take a 27-21 lead over the Commodores.

To end the half, Vanderbilt would go on an 11-0 run in the final 2:56 to take a 32-27 lead at the break.

As the second half went on, the Flames and Commodores went back-and-forth, but with 6:21 left in the game the Flames locked down on defense as Vanderbilt did not convert a field goal for 6:14. Vanderbilt went 2-of-9 from the field in the final six and a half minutes of the game to hold Vanderbilt to a season-low 56 points.

On offense, Myo Baxter-Bell (18 points), Elijah Cuffee (13 points) and Caleb Homesley (14 points) led the charge scoring 45 of Liberty’s 61 points.

“Being undefeated is great because you get a little bit of attention from it, but that wasn’t one of our goals before we started the season,” Liberty coach Ritchie McKay said. “We are in the process of getting better and in an environment like this, against some of the talent and the offensive talent that Vandy has, that is a really good win for our program.”

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press news