Scores

Final

Winthrop 71

(18-7, 11-3 Big South)

Liberty 78

(7-20, 3-11 Big South)

    7:00 PM ET, February 20, 2006

    Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia

    1 2 T
    WIN 36 3571
    LIB 31 4778

    Top Performers

    Winthrop: T. Martin 32 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl

    Liberty: L. Blair 37 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Liberty 78, Winthrop 71

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Larry Blair had 10 of his 37 points from the free throw line to lead Liberty to a 78-71 win over Winthrop on Monday night.

    Blair scored 26 of Liberty's 47 points in the second half.

    Craig Bradshaw's two free throws tied the game for the ninth time at 26 apiece with 3:38 left to play in the first half. Bradshaw was fouled again with 2:27 left and hit 1 of 2, and Winthrop (18-7, 11-3 Big South Conference) led 36-31 at the break.

    Liberty (7-20, 3-11) tied the game five more times before taking the lead off two free throws by Blair. After five more lead changes, Blair tied it again at 61-all with 4:29 left to play. Blair hit two more free throws before James Shuler tied it with two of his own. Anthony Smith answered with four straight from the charity stripe, and Liberty never trailed again.

    Smith had 17 points for Liberty and Evan Risher added 11.

    Torrell Martin led Winthrop with 32 points, five from beyond the arch, and Bradshaw added 18.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WIN
    LIB
    Points 71 78
    FG Made-Attempted 21-57 (.368) 25-54 (.463)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 4-14 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-28 (.750) 24-28 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

    2005-06 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 19, 2006 @WIN 67, LIB 47Recap
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    Feb 28, 2006 @WIN 93, LIB 52Recap