Liberty opens ASUN play with win at Florida Gulf Coast
The Flames got hot on offense in the second half to defeat the Eagles 81-63, for the Flames’ first-ever win in the ASUN. Liberty improves to 12-4 while FGCU drops to 5-11.
“Our guys imposed their will midway through the second half. Florida Gulf Coast is a really good team and it is hard to come in and win at Alico Arena so this is a good start for us in a new league,” Liberty coach Ritchie McKay said. “We had a great crowd for us. Shout out to the women’s swimming & diving team and our women’s basketball team. We can’t their coaches enough and Erin Hagen for staying and supporting us. We had a lot of friends and family in the stands tonight wearing the red and white.”
Liberty couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game, going on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes of the game. Florida Gulf Coast countered with a 12-2 run to get back into the game in the first half. After going into halftime with a six-point lead (36-30), the Flames picked up their offensive attack, shooting 69 percent (18-26) in the second half including 67 percent (8-12) from three-point range.
Florida Gulf Coast cut Liberty’s lead to two points (46-44) with 15:19 left in the game and Liberty responded with a 17-6 run (63-50) over the course of the following four and half minutes to extend its lead and come away with the win.