Liberty 87, VMI 81

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Anthony Smith had 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Jeremy Anderson had 20 to lead Liberty to an 87-81 win over VMI on Monday.

Alex McLean hit a layup with 9:39 left in the first half to tie the score at 26-26, and then hit a free throw to put Liberty (12-9, 4-2 Big South) ahead for good. The Flames led 53-39 at the half.

McLean led the team in rebounds with 14, and added 11 points for the Flames. Anderson went 7-of-9 from the field, hitting six 3-pointers.

Chavis Holmes had 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting for VMI (10-9, 2-3). Travis Holmes scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds, going 6-of-12 from the field.

Liberty outshot VMI 50 percent to 49 percent and outrebounded the Keydets 41-25.