Liberty vs Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern 88, Liberty 74

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - 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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Liberty (14-18)353974
Charleston Southern (19-11) «414788

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Liberty Flames
A. Burrus, F315-114-451214
T. Gielo, F60-10-01140
D. Minaya, G376-202-250417
J. Sanders, G376-101-187214
T. Speaks, G342-32-21126
J. Sanders275-120-030211
J. Vander Pol132-20-05304
A. Smith101-13-43015
C. Phillips30-00-01000
E. Layer21-10-00013
W. Aikens00-00-00020
K. Assinesi00-00-00000
T. Hoyt00-00-00000
Totals 28-6112-1336132074
 45.9%92.3% 
Charleston Southern Buccaneers
K. Martin, F387-104-691218
P. Gombwer, F251-30-05142
M. Muo, F232-64-42139
S. Nimley, G337-131-203019
A. Harper, G276-123-340018
J. Sexton254-114-767013
S. Strickland214-60-03119
C. Bowen40-00-00010
C. Grier40-10-00000
Totals 31-6216-2231141188
 50%72.7% 
Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Winthrop13-523-9130
High Point13-521-11157
UNC-Ash.12-622-12137
Coast. Car.12-621-12164
Gardner-Webb10-817-16209
Liberty10-813-19264
Radford9-916-15191
Campbell5-1312-18308
Presbyterian5-1311-20319
Longwood5-1310-23323
Char. So.5-139-21298
 
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