Liberty concludes the regular season with a loss to UNCA, 63-45. Here’s our rapid reactions:

  1. At least a share of the Big South’s regular season title was on the line, and the Flames gave the Bulldogs all they could handle for the first 20+ minutes of the game. In the end, Asheville’s upper-classmen, namely Ahmad Thomas, were too much for the Flames to overcome.
  2. Liberty finishes the regular season at 19-12 overall and 14-4 in conference play. A quality season for the team, as we prepare for next week’s Big South Tournament.
  3. The Flames finish in 3rd place, an improvement on last year’s 5th place finish. Liberty will face the 6 seed at approximately 3pm on Thursday. We still don’t know who the 6 seed will be, as it could be either High Point or Radford based on this afternoon’s games. We also don’t know who will be the 1 seed and host for the tournament.
  4. Liberty’s losing streak is pushed to 12 straight against Asheville. The Flames haven’t defeated UNCA since 2011.
  5. Myo Baxter-Bell was the lone bright spot on the offensive end for the Flames. The redshirt-sophomore finished the game with 18 points on 7/12 shooting and also added 6 rebounds.
  6. All Flames not named Baxter-Bell, were a combined 9/41 from the field. Nobody else scored more than 5 points.
  7. Liberty struggled all afternoon shooting from deep. Coach McKay’s squad finished the afternoon 3/24 from 3. It was the team’s worst shooting performance from 3 all season, matching the January 21st performance when the Flames were also 3/24 from 3 against Winthrop.
  8. Nice conference regular season for the Flames in Coach McKay’s 2nd season back. Liberty has quickly gone from a basement dweller to a championship contender.
  9. Stay tuned as we’ll have plenty of coverage in the coming days on next week’s Big South Tournament.