A few thoughts following Liberty’s loss to High Point Thursday night:

  1. High Point raced out to a 20-6 early lead, and it looked like the Panthers were going to run away with this one early. The Flames would respond with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 3 to keep the deficit manageable the rest of the half.
  2. In the 2nd half, High Point showed why they’re the #1 team in the Big South right now as they stretched the lead to over 20 points.
  3. The Panthers had a sizable advantage in 3 point shooting where they shot 61% compared to Liberty’s 5/19.
  4. For the first time in what seems like the entire season, turnovers were not a big issue for the Flames. Liberty would finish with 16 turnovers on the evening. Hey, not turning it over 20 times is a victory for this team.
  5. Theo Johnson continues to assert himself as Liberty’s offensive leader. He led the Flames in scoring for the 2nd consecutive night with 12 points. He was the only Flame in double figures.
  6. Theo may be the only guy on the team that can create his own shot. That seems to be the Flames’ biggest issue on offense this season. Who can create their own shot? Last season John Caleb Sanders and Davon Marshall frequently created their shots, but this season there isn’t anybody on the team that seems to have that skill.
  7. The Flames are now 0-9 in conference play. The worst start Liberty has ever had in Big South play is 0-10 in 1998-99. The Flames host Charleston Southern on Saturday night.