The Flames returned to the Vines Center with a 62-48 win over Central Penn. Here’s our rapid reactions:

  1. It sure is nice to be talking about actual sports. Not sure how long that will last, but tonight was a nice reprieve even though the game wasn’t pretty.
  2. It was an ugly game from the opening tip. Both teams shot below 35% from the floor, there were 47 fouls called, and 50 free throw attempts. Liberty shot 35% from the field and was just 5/26 for 19% from behind the 3-point line.
  3. After going into the locker at halftime with the score tied, Myo Baxter-Bell got the Flames going early in the 2nd half with his production and energy. He went on to finish the game with a career-high 12 points on 5/7 shooting in 20 minutes.
  4. It’s becoming a common theme, but Caleb Homesley was again Liberty’s top player on the court. He recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. His 11 boards are a career-high and he also set a career-high with 3 blocks. Caleb was 4/7 from the floor at 6/9 from the charity stripe.
  5. Lovell Cabbil returned to action against Central Penn after missing the previous 2 contests with a head injury. Cabbil played well, particularly down the stretch. He finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. He was a perfect 4/4 from the free throw line with all 4 attempts coming in the final minutes.
  6. John Dawson fouled out in 24 minutes of action. He was just 1/7 from the field, finishing with 3 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 turnovers.
  7. Brock Gardner saw the most playing time of his young career with 22 minutes. He finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds.
  8. True freshman Josiah Talbert got the first start of his career. He only played 10 minutes and had just 1 point.
  9. Liberty returns to action Saturday night at UNC-Greensboro with tip off scheduled for 7pm.