LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) - In a game that received a lot of hype and attention nationally, and played in front of the largest crowd to witness a basketball game at the Vines Center this season, the Liberty men's basketball team missed an opportunity.
The Flames had a chance to not only claim first place in the ASUN but also to make a statement on where it belongs in the landscape of college basketball.
"We had much more attention for this game than in my six years at Liberty, I get for an 18- to 22- year old that's tough to deal with," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "It's a little bit elusive or a mirage because you think you've arrived and obviously we haven't arrived."
The Flames were limited to just over 37 percent shooting against Lipscomb and missed their first 12 shots from three-point range.
"We have games coming up that we need to focus on but I think this was a step behind and we came in this game thinking that we knew what to do and we didn't," junior guard Caleb Homesley said. "We have to go into practice every day just to get better."
"It's a loss in our record, we've all lost before. We just got to bounce back from it and get better tomorrow."
Liberty will get another shot at the conference leaders when it travels to Lipscomb on February 13.
"I think just going forward, I think we just got a little reality check that we haven't won a championship yet, regardless if we were undefeated and they came in and showed us why they're the defending champions," senior guard Lovell Cabbil Jr said.
There is still plenty of basketball to be played before that rematch with the Bison, including a three-game homestand that begins Saturday night against New Jersey Institute of Technology.