Westminster rips Liberty, 75-38

February 06, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Westminster struggled early against Liberty. Once the Owls awoke, however, it was a nightmare for the Lions.

Westminster took control with a late run in the first half and used tough defense to shut down visiting Liberty in the second half en route to a 75-38 victory over the Lions in a Central Maryland Conference game last night.

Liberty (4-14, 1-4) got off to a bad start when top scorer Mike Davidson went down with a hand injury. Davidson injured his left hand with 5:03 left in the first quarter, sat out the rest of the game and went for X-rays afterward.

The Lions stayed close, however, trailing 19-13 after one period. Westminster (8-8, 4-3) led by 24-17 with just under five minutes to go in the half. The Owls then awoke.

Keyed by three three-pointers from Brad Gibson (nine points), the Owls hit eight of their final 11 shots in the half and extended their lead to 43-26 at halftime.

"That's where the three-pointer definitely has a large impact on a game," said Westminster coach Dave Byers. "When he looks to shoot [the three-pointer], Brad Gibson has been fairly consistent with it."

Liberty, loser of four straight, had been fairly consistent with its shooting, hitting 10 of 22 from the field in the first half. Westminster, however, stepped up its defensive pressure in the second half and left Liberty reeling.

The Lions missed 22 of 26 from the field in the half and scored 12, as Westminster blew the game open.

Liberty suffered through long scoreless stretches in the second half. The Lions went 5:03 without a point in

the third quarter. They then went 4:12 without another point and 7:13 without a basket.

"Our shot selection was horrendous," said Liberty coach Scott Kohr. "We didn't have the discipline to take good shots."

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