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Liberty gets 27 from Shiloh Robinson in 72-54 win over North Alabama

Chris Graham
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Liberty’s Shiloh Robinson scored a career-high 27 points in helping the Flames down North Alabama, 72-54, in ASUN action on Thursday in Lynchburg.

Robinson’s career night came on 11-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Joining Robinson in double figures were Darius McGhee (16 points) and Kyle Rode (14 points).

The win improves Liberty to 13-5 and 4-1 in the ASUN. North Alabama slips to 9-9 and 1-4 in conference play. The Lions have lost four straight games.

With the game knotted at 13-13 at the 12:48 mark of the opening half, Liberty surged ahead with a 16-0 run to take command. Rode’s back-to-back threes at the 7:16 and 6:46 marks, both assisted by McGhee, put the Flames ahead 29-13.

Liberty led by 19, 39-20, at the break, and by as many as 25 early in the second half. The Lions used a 10-1 run later in the half to get within 13, 61-48, with 5:07 remaining in the game. Shiloh Robinson buried a three on the Flames’ next trip down the court at the 4:39 mark to extend the lead back to 16 (64-48).

Robinson scored six more points after that down the stretch, with his layup at the 3:59 mark giving him a new career high. The senior forward made a free throw and then went on to make his final shot of the night, a three-pointer at the 1:26 mark, to give him 27 points and push the Liberty lead back up to 20, 72-52.

“I thought our defense was good, for the most part,” Liberty coach Ritchie McKay said. “I’m pleased with our effort. Shiloh obviously had a really good game. I think we’ve got a group that will pick up the pieces and take what the defense gives them, and I thought that was evident tonight. We have a group that really is mature in their response.”

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].