Cabbil, Kemrite spark Liberty to 79-66 upset at Wake Forest
By PATRICK SOUTHERN, Associated Press
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lovell Cabbil scored 22 points, Ryan Kemrite had 17 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, and Liberty upset Wake Forest 79-66 on Tuesday night.
The Flames (2-0) trailed for only 5:34 and led for the entire second half. While the Demon Deacons briefly rallied within as few as three points in the opening stages of the second half, Liberty needed little time to answer with a 10-0 run, bookended by a pair of Cabbil baskets, to reclaim a 56-43 advantage.
Wake Forest (0-2) never truly recovered. Kemrite hit his fourth 3-pointer to make it 59-47 with 6:33 to play, then turned and punched the air in celebration as the Deacons' fans looked on quietly.
Liberty shot 49 percent from the field and made nine 3-pointers, while the hosts were a paltry 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Flames owned the glass as well, outrebounding their ACC opposition 39-28.
For the Demon Deacons, Bryant Crawford scored 21 points. Doral Moore and Keysawn Woods added 14 points each.
Wake Forest: The season is still in its infancy, but the Deacons have considerable work to do if they have any hope of repeating last year's run to the NCAA Tournament. This is the first time Wake Forest has started a season 0-2 since 1979-80.
Liberty: Both the location and the opposition made Tuesday's win noteworthy. The Flames' win was their first in any Division I road game since beating Western Carolina on Dec. 31, 2012. It was their first victory over an ACC opponent since an 86-82 defeat of Virginia in 2008.
Both Wake Forest and Liberty will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia for the Paradise Jam. The tournament, which was originally scheduled to be played at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was moved to Liberty's Vines Center as a result of the damage from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
The Demon Deacons' first matchup of the Paradise Jam comes against Drake on Friday, just a few hours after Liberty opens tournament play against MercerAssociated Press