The Badgers played relatively even with NCAA D1 Flames and were down only 5 with 2:30 to play before a series of turnovers and missed defensive rotations allowed Liberty to pull away for a 71-59 victory. Coach Charles Kissi reports that all players on his roster saw time during this afternoon’s game. As has been the case with other games in Costa Rica, no official stats were kept. The Badgers are now scheduled to play Boise State tomorrow (Thursday). The remainder of Brock’s schedule in Costa Rica is as follows: Norfolk State (Aug 15th) and two games versus University of California Davis (Aug. 21st & 22nd).
Also, here is a recap of the Liberty/uOttawa game played on Tuesday courtesy of the Liberty site (no mention yet of today’s encounter):
Liberty vs. University of Ottawa
Ottawa came out firing, going on a 17-2 run in the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Flames began to get into more of an offensive rhythm, but the Gee-Gees used sharp three-point shooting to hold a 25-11 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second, Caleb Homesley wowed those in attendance, slamming down a highlight reel, one-handed jam and following up with a free throw to seal the three-point play. Despite the athletic basket from the sophomore, the Flames still trailed by 17 at halftime, 45-28.
Myo Baxter-Bell began to heat up at the beginning of the third quarter with a couple high percentage shots under the basket. Freshman guard Xzavier Barmore displayed his outside range with a three-pointer toward the end of the 10 minutes. Liberty managed to close the gap thanks to Barmore’s trifecta, cutting the deficit to single digits before an Ottawa bucket made it an 11-point game at the end of the third, 55-44.
In the final period, freshman guard Jorge Pacheco-Ortiz found success inside, connecting on an acrobatic layup. The Flames climbed within seven points thanks to a Brock Gardner three-pointer, but could not get any closer en route to the 71-60 defeat.
Baxter-Bell led Liberty with 12 points, followed by Homesley and redshirt senior guard John Dawson, who each had 10 tallies. Dawson also had seven rebounds, while going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 at the foul line. Ottawa played an impressive game, using its experience, size and three-point shooting to neutralize the youthful Flames.