Liberty outmuscles Keydets

Staff Report
VMI sports:

The Liberty Flames used a 66-32 advantage in points in the paint and a 53-25 rebounding margin to prevail, 91-73, over the visiting VMI Keydets Thursday night in a Big South contest played at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.

Despite a 27-12 halftime rebounding edge, the homestanding Flames’ lead was just 42-37 at the intermission, but Liberty came out of the locker room with a 9-2 run to open the second half and take a 51-39 advantage with 17:05 to play.

VMI eventually rallied to climb back within nine with three minutes to play, but the Flames went on a 9-0 run to put the game away. 

Liberty was paced by forward Antwan Burrus, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Jesse Sanders added 10 points and 15 boards to help the home team move to 11-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

VMI was led by Keith Gabriel’s 24 points, while Austin Kenon and 2008 Waynesboro High School graduate Nick Gore also scored in double figures, with 12 and 11 markers respectively.


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