- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Sheldon Strickland hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points to lead Charleston Southern over Liberty 80-66 Saturday.

Strickland made seven of his nine shots in the first half, including five 3-pointers in a row, as Charleston Southern led 45-27 at the half and never trailed. Strickland was 13 of 18 from the field, and 7 of 11 from beyond the arc. He has hit a career-best eight 3-pointers three times, his last was against Coastal Carolina on January 18.

Will Saunders scored 14 points and Arlon Harper added 11 for Charleston Southern (10-11, 4-4 Big South).

The Buccaneers had their largest lead, 63-39 with 12:25 to play before Liberty closed on a 27-17 run.

Andrew Smith scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Liberty (9-14, 3-5), which has lost four of its last five games. Davon Marshall also scored 15 points for the Flames.

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