Scores

Final

Liberty 63

(4-10, 1-5 away)

W Carolina 62

(4-9, 2-0 Southern)

2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2012

Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, North Carolina

1 2 T
LIB 29 3463
WCU 22 4062

Top Performers

Liberty: J. Vander Pol 9 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Western Carolina: T. Sumler 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Liberty 63, W. Carolina 62

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Liberty's Tavares Speaks hit two free throws with 5 seconds left after Western Carolina called a timeout it didn't have and was assessed a technical foul, giving the Flames a 63-62 win Monday.

Trey Sumler, who led the Catamounts (4-9) with 23 points, missed a jumper with 3 seconds left and the Flames (4-10) rebounded to win their third straight game and first of the season against a Division I opponent.

Speaks scored 13 points while Tomasz Gielo had 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for Liberty, which committed a season-high 24 turnovers.

The Flames closed out the first half on a 10-0 run to lead 29-22. Liberty maintained the advantage until Sumler's two free throws with 58 seconds left made it 59-58.

After Sumler's three-point play with 10 seconds left, John Caleb Sanders answered with a three-point play for Liberty, and the Western Carolina bench called time out.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
WCU
Points 63 62
FG Made-Attempted 20-45 (.444) 23-62 (.371)
3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 4-23 (.174)
FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 12-12 (1.000)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 4

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