Scores

Final

Liberty 65

(11-21, 5-11 Big South)

Winthrop 77

(18-12, 10-6 Big South)

    12:00 PM ET, March 5, 2014

    The HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina

    1 2 T
    LIB 29 3665
    WIN 35 4277

    Top Performers

    Liberty: A. Smith 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Winthrop: K. Moore 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Stl

    Winthrop beats 2013 tourney champ Liberty, 77-65

    Associated Press

    CONWAY, S.C. -- Keon Johnson scored 15 points as fourth-seeded Winthrop beat defending tournament champion Liberty 77-65 to open the Big South Conference tournament on Wednesday.

    Keon Moore, Andre Smith and Joab Jerome had 14 apiece for Winthrop (18-12). The Eagles made all 21 of their free throws and hit 8 of 22 from 3-point range. Jerome made all nine of his free throws, Johnson made three 3-pointers and Moore had eight rebounds.

    Andrew Smith led No. 5 seed Liberty (11-21) with 17 points and Joe Retic added 15. The Flames were up by as many as 12 in the first half.

    The game was knotted at 51 with 7:52 left. Then Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 10-2 run to pull away. Moore's free throws at the 1:33 mark gave Winthrop its first double-digit lead of the game.

    Winthrop moves on to play top-seeded High Point in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LIB
    WIN
    Points 65 77
    FG Made-Attempted 24-58 (.414) 24-52 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 8-22 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-13 (.923) 21-21 (1.000)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 11 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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