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— Cade Cunningham vowed to lead Oklahoma State to a strong run through the NCAA Tournament. The freshman All-American didn't have an explosive debut, but did just enough to lead the Cowboys to a 69-60 victory over Liberty on Friday night in a Midwest...
Liberty clinched the Atlantic Sun's automatic berth since its opponent in the final, North Alabama, is ineligible to make the NCAA tournament because it hasn't completed its mandated four-year transition requirement from Division II to Division I.
— Chris Parker scored 16 points and Blake Preston had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Liberty to a 77-64 win over Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semifinals on Friday.
— Darius McGhee had 16 points as Liberty topped Kennesaw State 69-59 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament on Thursday.
— Darius McGhee had a career-high 34 points as Liberty stretched its winning streak to nine games and captured the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship with a 94-78...
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— Darius McGhee had 24 points as Liberty stretched its win streak to eight games, romping past North Alabama 74-54 on Tuesday.
— Darius McGhee had a career-high 29 points as Liberty won its seventh consecutive game, romping past North Alabama 74-54 on Monday.
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— Darius McGhee had 22 points as Liberty easily defeated North Florida 80-60 on Saturday.
— Blake Preston had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Liberty to a 73-61 win over North Florida on Friday night.
— Darius McGhee had a career-high 25 points as Liberty beat Jacksonville 64-58 on Saturday night.
— Chris Parker registered 18 points as Liberty narrowly beat Jacksonville 59-54 on Friday night.
— Chris Parker scored 12 points and three others added 11 each as Liberty defeated Stetson 68-58 on Saturday.
— Christiaan Jones had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Stetson defeated Liberty 65-59 on Friday night.
— Darius McGhee scored 12 points as Liberty won its eighth consecutive home game, rolling past Kennesaw State 76-47 on Saturday.
— Blake Preston posted 17 points as Liberty extended its home winning streak to seven games, defeating Kennesaw State 69-63 on Friday night.
— Darius McGhee had 18 points and seven rebounds as Liberty topped Lipscomb 66-50 on Saturday. Kyle Rode added 12 points for the Flames, and Chris Parker chipped in 8 points.
— Ahsan Asadullah had 24 points as Lipscomb defeated Liberty 77-70 on Friday in the first Atlantic Sun Conference matchup of the season for both teams.
— Darius McGhee had 20 points and Liberty easily defeated Alcorn State 108-65 on Tuesday.
— Blake Preston recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds to lift Liberty to an 82-52 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday night.
— Mark Smith scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime, Dru Smith added 14 points and Missouri turned back Liberty 69-60 on Wednesday night.
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