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O'Reilly's career-high 27 carries Gardner-Webb to 58-55 win

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) Liam O'Reilly scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half and Gardner-Webb defeated Liberty 58-55 in a Big South opener Saturday.

Consecutive 3-pointers by O'Reilly snapped a tie and gave the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-8) a 51-45 lead with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Four straight free throws got the Flames (9-5) within two with 1:19 left but O'Reilly hit another 3-pointer and that was enough despite a basket by Caleb Homesley before Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz airballed a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Liberty led 25-22 at halftime, holding Gardner-Webb to its fewest points in a half this season.

O'Reilly finished with seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts and had a team-high eight rebounds to help Gardner-Webb end a four-game losing streak to the Flames.

Scottie James led Liberty with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Liberty 9-5 253055
home team logo Gardner-Webb 6-8 223658
Team Stats
away team logo Liberty 9-5 73.7 PPG 35.2 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo Gardner-Webb 6-8 77.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
31
S. James 12.6 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.1 APG 66.5 FG%
11
D. Efianayi 18.2 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.9 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB