NCAA Men's Basketball

Cuffee, Homesley with 19 each, Liberty wallops Georgia State

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Elijah Cuffee and Caleb Homesley scored 19 points each and accounted for eight of Liberty's 11 3-point baskets as the Flames torched Georgia State 78-52 Saturday night in a clash of mid-major teams.

Liberty outscored the Panthers 46-23 in the second half when the pressure was cranked way up. Georgia State committed seven of its 10 turnovers in the second half and was out-rebounded 22-8 while shooting 7-for-21 from the field - just 1-for-9 from behind the 3-point arc. On the other end, Liberty was shooting 59 percent, 16 of 27, including seven 3-pointers. The Flames never took their foot off the gas, scoring baskets on six of their last eight possessions.

The Flames have won four straight since a nine-point loss to Vanderbilt. The score was a season-low for Georgia State, which had put up 91 and 80 points in back-to-back wins prior to Saturday. Georgia State was ranked 20th in the most recent mid-majors poll.

Georgie Pacheco hit consecutive 3-pointers and Liberty's lead grew from three points to nine before the second half was a minute old. The Flames outscored Georgia State 21-8 to start the second half while the Panthers were shooting 2 of 9.

D'Marcus Simonds scored 22 points for Georgia State, nobody else scored more than nine. Simonds was 8-for-18 in the first half, 1-for-3 in the second and committed five of his six turnovers in the second half.

Updated December 1, 2018