Liberty 65, High Point 54

Evan Gordon and Jesse Sanders each scored 16 points, and Liberty

defeated High Point 65-54 on Saturday night for its ninth straight

home win in the series.

Sanders also had 11 rebounds and David Minaya added 13 points

for the Flames (19-8, 13-2 Big South Conference), who are 13-1 at

home all-time against the Panthers.

Liberty, which has won three in a row and eight of its past

nine, led for most of the contest but could not pull away until

late.

The Flames led 47-44 at the 6:40 mark, then went on 12-3 run to

lead 59-47 at 2:59 after a dunk by Minaya. High Point would get no

closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Nick Barbour scored 21 points and Shay Shine added 13 for the

Panthers (10-15, 6-9).

Liberty outrebounded High Point 42-26, but was outscored in the

paint by the Panthers 32-22.