Liberty extends UCLA’s woes with 73-58 victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Homesley scored 21 points, Lovell Cabbil Jr. added 15 and Liberty got its first win over a Pac-12 Conference team, defeating UCLA 73-58 at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.

The Flames (11-4), who tied a school record for most wins during their non-conference schedule, led most of the game. They took control with seven straight points to end the first half, as UCLA committed three turnovers in the final two minutes, and held a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Darius McGhee added 11 points as Liberty improved to 1-2 against the Pac-12. This was the first time it has faced UCLA.

The Bruins (7-6) close non-conference play with four straight losses — the first time that has happened since 2009-10. The last time they lost back-to-back home games against non-Power Five programs was 2012-13. UCLA’s skid began with a 74-72 loss to Belmont on Dec. 15.

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Kris Wilkes led UCLA with 14 points and Moses Brown added 11.

Liberty would go on an11-4 run at the start of the second half. A Homesley 3-pointer with 12:02 remaining gave the Flames a 50-34 advantage when UCLA started to cut into the lead.

UCLA got within 56-50 with 5:28 remaining on a pair of Jules Bernard free throws before the Flames put it out of each, going on a 13-2 run as they held their largest lead at 69-52 with under three minutes remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Liberty: The Flames came into the game 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 61.5 points per game. They frustrated UCLA into 24 turnovers which led to 32 Liberty points.

UCLA: The Bruins are definitely limping into Pac-12 play. They have lost their last four by an average margin of 15 points.

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