The Flames were able to rebound from consecutive losses with a 65-53 win over Presbyterian on Saturday night. Here’s our initial thoughts from the game:
- It was good to see the Flames bounce back after what could have been 2 demoralizing losses to High Point and Longwood. You never know how a team will respond; of course, it was nice to play the worst team in the conference on your home floor.
- The Blue Hose are bad. Any conference win they get will be a surprise, particularly without freshman Reggie Dillard who is battling mono and missed his 2nd consecutive game.
- The story of the game was Liberty’s domination on the glass. The Flames outrebounded the Blue Hose 41-18! That led to Liberty’s 16-2 advantage in 2nd chance points on the evening. It’s hard to win when you are outrebounded by such a wide margin.
- With a goaltending call on an early dunk by Antwan Burrus, Antwan became the 24th member of the 1,000 point club at Liberty. He joins teammate John Caleb Sanders in the exclusive club. Burrus finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and he continues to look more and more like himself prior to the back injury he suffered earlier in the year.
- Guard Casey Roberts got extended playing time tonight, and finished with 8 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field including 2 3-pointers. Hopefully his solid play will lead to continued increased play moving forward as the Flames desperately need a 3rd guy off the bench, to go along with Burrus and Retic, to provide the starters some rest.
- Very good line tonight from John Caleb Sanders, 13 points, 10 assists, 1 turnover. JC had been struggling, particularly with turnovers, the past couple of games.
- Davon Marshall struggled shooting the ball tonight as he finished 3-of-13 from the field and 3-of-12 from 3-point range.
- Tomasz Gielo continues his solid play, finishing with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He had 8 points in the opening minutes of the 2nd half to help provide the Flames some breathing room.
- Liberty finished with 19 assists and 10 turnovers, a ratio I’m sure Dale Layer would like to see on a recurring basis going forward.
The Flames now head to South Carolina to take on Coastal Carolina on Wednesday and Charleston Southern on Saturday.