Homesley Fills Stat Sheet in Liberty's Win at Kent State

Homesley Fills Stat Sheet in Liberty's Win at Kent State

KENT, Ohio - For the first time since 1999, Liberty basketball has started the season 3-0 with a 77-70 win on the road against Kent State, handing KSU its first loss of the season. The Flames' defense was exceptional all night, holding the Golden Flashes 16.5 points below its scoring average this season.

Turning Point
The Flames held Kent State to just 23 points in the first half, shooting just 32 percent (8-25) from the field while shooting 46.72 (12-26) percent on the offense. Liberty would build a lead late in the first half, going on a 9-0 run to take a 31-23 lead into halftime. Liberty's bench proved to be the difference-maker all night outscoring Kent State's bench 27-9 as Caleb Homesley and Darius McGhee combined for 25 points.

Key Stats & Notes

  • For the first time since 1999 and fourth time in school history, Liberty has started the season 3-0.

  • This was Liberty's first ever win over a MAC school on the road.

  • The Flames have now won back-to-back games over MAC schools (defeated Central Michigan last season).

  • Caleb Homesley scored a team-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block.

  • The Flames had five players score double-figures.

  • Liberty shot 46.2 percent in the first half led by Lovell Cabbil Jr. with nine points.

  • Scottie James' nine rebounds moves him into 38th place with 360 career rebounds.

  • In the last two games, James has shot a perfect 10-10 from the field.

  • Liberty did not allow Kent State to make a three-pointer or record an assist in the first half.  

  • The Flashes did not make a three-pointer until 23 minutes into the game.

Thoughts from Coach McKay
"I thought our team was really resilient with the hard turnaround we had because of our travels. You can see our experience paying dividends because of the way we played defense in the first half. I am proud of our guys because tonight it was a collective effort. The beauty of this team is that we have a lot of balance. Caleb (Homesley) was special tonight and then you have guys like Darius (McGhee) and Lovell (Cabbil Jr.) playing well. Tonight was about being consistent on the defensive and our veteran guys have helped our young guys get acclimated."  

Up Next
The Flames will end its two-game roadtrip on Monday, Nov. 19, when they travel to Vanderbilt. Tip-off against the Commodores is set for 8 p.m. at Historical Gym and can be seen on the ESPN SEC Network.