Liberty beats Clarks Summit 81-33 behind Gardner

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Brock Gardner scored 18 points, Myo Baxter-Bell scored 16, grabbed 11 rebounds and made five assists, and Liberty never trailed in defeating Division III Clarks Summit 81-33 on Friday night to end a three-game skid.

The Flames (5-6) shot 53.4 percent (31 of 58) from the floor and held the Defenders to 21.6 percent (11 of 51) despite losing leading scorer and rebounder Caleb Homesley to a season-ending injury against Princeton last Saturday.

John Dawson scored 14 points with seven rebounds and Liberty outrebounded Clarks Summit 43-27, outscored them 38-6 in the paint and 13-0 on fast-break points.

Leading 32-21 at halftime, Liberty opened the second half with a 14-0 run in which Baxter-Bell scored seven points. The Defenders were scoreless for nearly seven minutes and Liberty cruised.

Dontier Phelps led Clarks Summit with 15 points and freshman Kyron Jones added 12.

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