Scores

Final

Liberty 59

(10-6, 4-0 Big South)

UNC Asheville 55

(6-8, 1-3 Big South)

2:00 PM ET, January 2, 2011

Justice Center, Asheville, North Carolina

1 2 T
LIB 21 3859
UNCA 16 3955

Top Performers

Liberty: E. Gordon 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

UNC Asheville: C. Stephenson 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Liberty 59, N.C.-Asheville 55

Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Jesse Sanders scored 16 points and Evan Gordon added 15 as Liberty defeated North Carolina-Asheville 59-55 on Sunday.

The Flames (10-6), 4-0 in the Big South Conference for the first time, got there by surviving a 21-turnover performance. Meanwhile, UNC-Asheville squandered a potential advantage at the free throw line. The Bulldogs (6-8, 1-3) got nine more chances at the line (28-19), but only made two more free throws than the Flames (17-15).

The Bulldogs struggled no matter where their shots originated. They shot only 18 of 51 from the field (35.3 percent), including only 2 of 15 from 3-point territory (13.3 percent). Chris Stephenson led UNC-Asheville with 16 points and J.P. Primm added 11.

Following a timeout, Sanders' long 3-pointer put the Flames ahead 53-49 with 1:27 left. Gordon helped milk the shot clock, then hit a 10-footer to make it 55-50 with 35 seconds left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
UNCA
Points 59 55
FG Made-Attempted 20-46 (.435) 18-51 (.353)
3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 2-15 (.133)
FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 17-28 (.607)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 7 5

2010-11 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
» Jan 2, 2011 LIB 59, @UNCA 55Recap
Jan 27, 2011 @LIB 83, UNCA 81Recap