Liberty basketball rolls over Toccoa Falls, 96-50
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET/Liberty Flames) - Liberty had four players score in double-figures in its second straight win with a 96-50 victory over Toccoa Falls. The Flames improve to 4-2 on the season.
In his first collegiate start, Keegan McDowell filled the stat sheet with 12 points, two assists and two rebounds. Scottie James recorded his first career double-double with 14 points along with 10 rebounds. Every player who played against the Eagles scored led by Myo Baxter-Bell with 18 points including eight rebounds and two assists. Scoring a career-high off the bench for the Flames was Zach Farquhar with 15 points, shooting a perfect 5-5 from three-point range.
After Toccoa Falls hit a three-pointer for the first points of the game, Liberty went on an 18-0 run, not allowing the Eagles to score for just over five minutes. Coming off the bench with six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal was Myo Baxter-Bell in his first five minutes of action.
Liberty's defense was on display in the first half, forcing 12 turnovers that led to 20 points. In the first 20 minutes, Liberty had nine steals led by Lovell Cabbil with four by himself. The Flames used their height advantage down low, outscoring the Eagles 24-6 in the paint in the first half.
McDowell set his career-high in points by the end of the first half leading the game with 12 points as Liberty went into halftime with a 54-25 lead.
The Flames opened the second half on a 10-0 run as they shot 60.7 percent (17-28) in the second half. After three points in the first half, Zach Farquhar got hot from three-point range making four from beyond the arc in the second half.
Preventing any letdown against the Eagles, Liberty's bench was effective on offense in the second half scoring 29 points led by Baxter-Bell with 10 points in the half. Liberty continued to crash the boards all throughout the game as they out-rebounded Toccoa Falls 47-21 for the game.
Liberty will have a quick turnaround as they continue its six-game home stand on Monday, Nov. 27 against Howard. Tip off against the Bison is set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center.