Scores

Final

Liberty 74

(14-18, 9-9 Big South)

Charl Southern 88

(19-11, 11-7 Big South)

    8:00 PM ET, February 29, 2012

    Kimmel Arena, Asheville, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    LIB 35 3974
    CHSO 41 4788

    Top Performers

    Liberty: J. Sanders 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

    Charleston Southern: K. Martin 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

    Charleston Southern 88, Liberty 74

    Associated Press

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Saah Nimley scored 19 points and Charleston Southern took a huge early lead, then fought to hold off Liberty 88-74 Wednesday night in the Big South Conference tournament quarterfinals.

    Kelvin Martin and Arlon Harper added 18 apiece for the fourth-seeded Buccaneers (19-11), who led by as many as 18 in the first half and will play No. 1 seed UNC Asheville in Thursday's semifinals.

    The fifth-seeded Flames (14-18) got within two points on six occasions, including 58-56 with 9:03 left after trailing by 10.

    With the score 63-61, Charleston Southern rattled off 10 straight points, six by Jeremy Sexton, to pull away.

    The Buccaneers, who have won five of their last six, shot 50 percent (31 of 62) and made 10 of 22 3-pointers.

    David Minaya scored 17 points for Liberty, which was riding a five-game Big South winning streak, starting with a 75-74 win at Charleston Southern Feb. 9.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LIB
    CHSO
    Points 74 88
    FG Made-Attempted 28-61 (.459) 31-62 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 10-22 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-13 (.923) 16-22 (.727)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 14

    2011-12 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Dec 31, 2011 CHSO 81, @LIB 76Recap
    Feb 9, 2012 LIB 75, @CHSO 74Recap
    » Feb 29, 2012 @CHSO 88, LIB 74Recap