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Liberty remains unbeaten, topples Towson 66-54 in the Battle for the Capital

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Rallying from a 30-25 halftime deficit, undefeated Liberty (13-0) won for the thirteenth straight time with a 66-54 win over Towson (5-6) this afternoon in the second game of the D.C. Holiday Hoops Fest, nicknamed the “Battle for the Capital,” at the St. Elizabeth’s East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

George Pacheco-Ortiz, a 6-1 senior guard from Puerto Rico, scored 16 points and 6-8 forward Scottie James added a dozen for Liberty while Towson’s Jason Gibson tallied a team-high 15 points.

The unbeaten Flames will face a dangerous Akron squad — a narrow winner over Tulane in the tournament’s opening game — in tomorrow’s title game.  

Xeyrius Williams drained a couple of clutch 3-pointers in the final three minutes as the Akron Zips improved to 8-2 with a thrilling 62-61 victory over Tulane (8-3) in the first game of the D.C. Holiday Hoops Fest. 

Williams, a 6-9 forward, led Akron with 16 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds while diminutive guard Loren Cristian Jackson added 15 points. 

Tulane’s Teshaun Hightower led all scorers with 18 points.  The Green Wave will face Towson on Saturday in the festival’s consolation game.

John Carter, Jr., scored 17 points and Cam Davis added 15 as Navy (6-4) downed Mount St. Mary’s 59-48 in Annapolis on Friday afternoon.  The Mountaineers, who have lost four straight, dropped to 3-9.

Navy plays at Virginia next Sunday.  It will be the first time that the Midshipmen have faced a defending national champion in more than sixty years when Adolph Rupp’s unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats defeated Navy 82-69 in Lexington in late December of 1958.

In other Friday afternoon hoops action, Camren Wynter scored 19 points as Drexel (6-6) held off late-surging Quinnipiac 72-63 in the Battle at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.  Rich Kelly scored a team-high 18 points for Quinnipiac, which fell to 4-5.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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