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Liberty tries to rally from 25-point deficit, but falls short at Sam Houston, 83-73

Chris Graham
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Liberty cut a 25-point second half deficit to seven before falling short at Sam Houston by an 83-73 score Saturday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

The Flames (16-10, 5-6 C-USA) trailed the Bearkats (15-11, 9-3 C-USA) 69-44 with 9:54 remaining before going on a 16-0 run to cut the deficit to 69-60 with 5:42 left.

Liberty clawed within seven on two occasions (70-63 and 78-71), but Sam Houston held on down the stretch to secure the 10-point victory.

The two teams split the regular season series, with each team winning at home. Liberty won the first meeting on Jan. 20, topping Sam Houston 82-66 in Lynchburg.

Kaden Metheny led four Flames in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Brody Peebles (17 points), Kyle Rode (15 points) and Zach Cleveland (10 points) joined Metheny in double figures.

Sam Houston’s balanced attack featured five double-digit scorers, led by 16 points from Davon Burnes. The Bearkats shot 54.9 percent on the night.

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].