Liberty hangs on to beat Presbyterian, 65-61

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) John Dawson scored 19 points and Liberty hung on down the stretch to beat Presbyterian 65-61 on Saturday night.

Dawson hit four 3-pointers on the night, and finished 5 of 9 from the field. Caleb Homesley finished with 15 points and Evan Maxwell had 10 for the Flames (9-15, 6-5 Big South), who have won four straight games.

DeSean Murray scored 23 points to lead Presbyterian (8-13, 3-7). Reggie Dillard and Ed Drew each had 9 points.

Liberty led 37-32 at the break and never trailed in the second half. A Murray layup cut the Flames lead to 56-54 with 4:46 to play. But Maxwell hit two free throws, Homesley nailed a 3, and Dawson added another at the line to push the lead back to 62-55.

Presbyterian managed to get to within three twice more, but Dawson finished 3 of 4 at the line to seal the win.

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