LYNCHBURG, Va. — Ronnie Burrell, Ricky Hickman and Kyle Hines combined for 62 of UNCG’s 74 points as the Spartans won for the sixth time in eight games this season, defeating Liberty.

Burrell finished with 25 point, and Hickman added 21 points, making UNCG a perfect 6-0 this season when he scores 15 or more points.

Hines, a freshman from Sicklerville, N.J., who began the week ranked second in the nation in blocked shots, finished the night with 16 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. He has scored in double-figures in seven of eight games this season and has recorded five or more blocked shots in five out of eight.

“This is a great win for us,” said UNCG coach Fran McCaffery. “Sometimes when you don’t finish well, it’s a little quiet in the locker room. However, winning on the road is always difficult and we have to be happy with the way we played overall.”

The Spartans scored the first 12 points of the game, while Liberty struggled to get anything going offensively. Against a three-quarter court press from UNCG, the Flames (1-6) turned the ball over four times in their first five possessions and went the first 4:45 without a basket.

UNCG (6-2)

mp

fg-a

3fg-a

ft-a

o-r

a

to

pf

pts

Hickman

38

6-14

2-6

7-10

2-2

1

2

3

21

Hines

36

5-11

0-0

6-8

2-8

0

1

2

16

Burrell

35

10-17

0-1

5-7

0-2

0

2

1

25

Gross

29

1-4

0-1

4-6

3-9

2

4

1

6

Johnson

28

1-2

0-1

0-2

0-2

6

2

3

2

Bristow

12

1-3

0-0

0-0

1-5

0

2

2

2

Oleksiak

6

0-1

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Beckford

9

1-4

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

2

Clifton

7

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

TEAM

1-6

Totals

200

25-56

2-10

22-33

9-35

9

15

12

74

Liberty (1-6)

mp

fg-a

3fg-a

ft-a

o-r

a

to

pf

pts

Blair

35

5-17

1-4

0-0

5-14

4

3

3

11

Lightbourne

27

5-11

1-2

2-2

4-8

0

2

2

13

Robinson

14

2-3

0-0

1-2

2-6

0

2

1

5

Porter

12

2-5

1-3

0-0

0-0

0

1

3

5

Risher

11

1-3

0-1

0-0

1-1

0

1

4

2

Turner

21

3-10

0-0

1-2

3-4

0

2

4

7

Dees

31

5-14

1-3

1-1

7-9

5

2

4

12

Woodson

35

4-12

2-4

0-0

1-6

8

3

3

10

Monroe

4

4-12

2-4

0-0

1-6

8

3

3

10

Stewart

10

2-3

0-1

0-0

1-2

0

2

1

4

TEAM

1-1

Totals

200

29-79

6-18

5-7

24-51

17

18

25

69

UNCG

37

37

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74

Liberty

28

41

69

Blocked shots: UNCG 10 (Hines 6, Beckford 2, Burrell 2). Liberty 6 (Blair 2, Lightbourne 2, Turner 1, Stewart 1).

Steals: UNCG 11 (Burrell 3, Bristow 2, Gross 2, Hickman 2, Hines 1, Johnson 1). Liberty 9 (Blair 3, Lightbourne 2, Turner 2, Stewart 1, Woodson 1).

Technical fouls: UNCG (Hickman). Liberty (Blair).

Officials: Eades, Natili, Smith Attendance: 559

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