Liberty 82, Va. Intermont 65

Evan Gordon scored 23 points while John Brown had 18 points and

17 rebounds to lead Liberty to an 82-65 season-opening win over

Virginia Intermont on Friday night.

The Cobras (0-4), who play in the NAIA, kept the first half

close as neither team shot well from the floor.

The game was tied at 22 with 8:11 left in the first half, then

Liberty went on a 15-6 run.

Virginia Intermont closed the gap to 63-54 with 5:50 left, but

the Flames quickly regained their double-digit lead.

Although the Cobras outshot Liberty from the field, 42.1 percent

to 37.2 percent, they were only 1 for 19 from 3-point range

compared to 6 for 27 for the Flames.

Liberty also outrebounded Virginia Intermont 54-35 and forced 21

turnovers.

Wade Bryant led the Cobras with 16 points and Daniel Ross added

14.

In the schools’ only other meeting, on Dec. 5, 2003, Liberty won

90-65.