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CIT Quarterfinal Recap: Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Liberty Flames

Ryan Kemrite led all scorers, as Liberty moves on in the CIT, defeating Central Michigan, 84-71 on Saturday afternoon.

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Central Michigan’s season comes to an end, as the Liberty Flames knock off the Chippewas, 84-71 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Four different Flames scored in double digits, including Kemrite. Scottie James scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored 14 points and dished out three assists, and Caleb Homesley added 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Flames.

Liberty was able to knock down 32 of their 57 (56%) shot attempts on the afternoon. The Flames moved the ball well, as they earned 23 assists altogether in this game. Liberty made 11 of their 25 (44%) shots from three point range, seven of those threes coming from Kemrite. The Flames were a perfect nine of nine from the free throw line as well.

Josh Kozinski and David DiLeo led the way for Central Michigan, as they both scored 19 points each. DiLeo also grabbed three rebounds. Shawn Roundtree Jr. added 12 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds for CMU.

Central Michigan was able to make 26 of their 58 (45%) shots attempts in this game. CMU made 10 of 32 (31%) three pointers, and struggled for the first time all season at the free throw line. The Chippewas made nine of their 15 (60%) shots from the charity stripe.

This game went back and forth throughout the first half, as Central tried to hold onto a lead but failed to. Liberty was able to draw the game closer, and the score was tied at 39 at halftime.

The Flames would start to pull away about halfway through the second half, as Kremrite knocked down a three pointer to give Liberty a 59-53 advantage with 12:16 remaining in the game. Liberty would push the lead to 16 and hold on to win and advance in the CIT.