Darius McGhee scored 23 factors and led a barrage of 3-pointers as Liberty defeated Mississippi State 84-73 on Thursday to assert third place within the Area Coast Problem in Melbourne, Fla.
McGhee made 7 of 11 3-point makes an attempt because the Flames (1-1) made 19 of 39 past the arc. The Bulldogs (0-2) hit 4 of 10 3-point tries.
Liberty’s Elijah Cuffee added 17 factors, Blake Preston scored 11, Micaiah Ibii had 10 and Chris Parker added 10 factors and 10 assists.
D.J. Stewart Jr. and Tolu Smith had 20 factors every to steer Mississippi State. Abdul Ado added 14 and Deivon Smith scored 10.
The Flames made their first three field-goal makes an attempt of the second half, all from past the arc, and shortly turned a one-point halftime deficit right into a 53-42 lead.
Stewart’s jumper ended Mississippi State’s field-goal drought of 4:12 to start out the half.
Stewart made one other jumper to get the Bulldogs inside eight earlier than Shiloh Robinson sank a 3-pointer to present Liberty a 62-51 lead.
Stewart hit a 3-pointer and Ado transformed a three-point play to get the Bulldogs inside six with seven minutes remaining, however Cuffee answered with a 3-pointer.
Mississippi State scored 4 consecutive factors earlier than McGhee answered with a 3-pointer.
Deivon Smith made a 3-pointer, however Chris Parker answered with certainly one of his personal for an eight-point lead with 4:12 to.
Tolu Smith hit a layup earlier than McGhee answered with one other 3-pointer for a 77-68 edge with 3:32 remaining.
Cuffee began the Flames’ scoring with back-to-back 3-pointers and McGhee adopted with two 3-pointers and Abii made one other. That gave Liberty a 15-8 lead.
The Bulldogs scored seven straight to tie the rating earlier than Keegan McDowell broke the tie by making the Flames’ sixth 3-pointer.
Tolu Smith made two layups to drag Mississippi State even at 22 and 24. Deivon Smith’s jumper gave the Bulldogs a short one-point lead earlier than McGhee answered with a 3-pointer.
Cuffee and McDowell every made a 3-pointer to present the Flames the lead earlier than Tolu Smith’s jumper with 4 seconds left have the Bulldogs a 41-40 halftime benefit.
–Area Degree Media