NCAAB Game Recap - Liberty at Louisiana State
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:30 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Dec 29, 2019, 1:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Liberty (14-1)

26

31

57

Louisiana State (8-4)

32

42

74

LSU hands Liberty its first defeat, 74-57
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:00 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) And then there were two.

Liberty's hopes of going into the new year undefeated ended with a 74-57 loss to LSU Sunday.

The defeat left No. 8 Auburn and No. 15 San Diego State as the nation's only unbeatens headed into 2020.

"Our No. 1 goal wasn't to go undefeated," said Liberty coach Ritchie McKay, whose team had won its first 14 games. "Our goal is keep getting better.

"Today didn't go the way we'd hoped. But LSU played really motivated today."

That the Tigers (8-4) were, especially after losses to East Tennessee and Southern Cal had them staring at a three-game losing streak entering SEC play.

"Our backs were against the wall," said LSU junior guard Charles Manning. "You want to take it game-by-game, but we hadn't been getting the results we wanted.

"We got them today because we played hard, played focused and played hard."

Liberty came into the game No. 2 in the country in scoring defense (51.6 points-per-game allowed) and No. 6 field-goal percentage defense (35.6).

But LSU was able to get good backside penetration and wound up shooting 53.3% (32 of 60) against a team which hadn't allowed more than 44% shooting in its first 14 games.

Darius Days led four double-figure scorers for LSU with 14 points.

More than that, the Tigers played aggressively on defense, turning nine steals into a 23-0 advantage on points off turnovers.

LSU led 32-26 at halftime and used four of those turnovers in a 20-6 run in the early portion of the second half to establish a comfortable lead that was never challenged.

"This is football country," said McKay, referring to LSU's being in the College Football Playoff championship game. "They got some pick-sixes off us today."

LSU coach Will Wade agreed.

"That's a crazy stat," he said of the Tigers' points-off-turnover margin. "But I'm proud because we only turned it over six times.

"We wanted to play with a sense of urgency today, and we wound up with maybe our best game of the season."

Scottie James and Darius McGhee topped Liberty with 12 each. The Flames shot 40.8% and made only 8 of 25 3-point attempts.

BIG PICTURE

Liberty: The Flames' dreams of a perfect regular season are over. But they're still the overwhelming favorite in the American Sun Conference where none of the league's other eight teams have a winning record.

LSU: The Tigers needed this one, especially after losing at home to East Tennessee State, their first nonconference home defeat since 2017, and then by two points on the road against Southern Cal. This may not be the caliber to team that won last year's SEC title, but at least there's a little momentum going into league play.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes midway through the second half when a dunk by LSU's Emmett Williams broke the rim. While the Pete Maravich Assembly Center crowd was entertained with dance music, the Tigers' Day said he had to keep moving around to keep from cramping up.

UP NEXT

Liberty: The Flames haven't played at home since Dec. 2, and they won't until Jan. 9 since they open conference play Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast followed by a Saturday trip to NJIT. That will complete a seven-game road trip that saw them play in six states and travel 9,035 miles.

LSU: The Tigers open defense of their Southeastern Conference championship Saturday at Tennessee.

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Leaders

Liberty PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. McGhee 12 0 0 1 1 0
S. James 12 0 0 4 0 0
Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Graves 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Days 14 0 1 3 0 0

Team Comparison

Lib LSU
Points For 57 74
Field Goals 20/49-41% 32/60-53%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 4/10-40%
Free Throws 9/9-100% 6/7-86%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 21 23
Rebounds 29 31
Blocks 2 4
Steals 3 9
Turnovers 13 6
Personal Fouls 11 11
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - LSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Lib 57 @ LSU 74 M. Baxter-Bell 2 M. Taylor 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 9,193
Game Time: