COL BKB: Liberty 87, Charleston 76

March 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

CONWAY, S.C., March 10 (UPI) -- John Caleb Sanders popped in 27 points Sunday and Liberty gained an NCAA Tournament berth with an 87-76 win over Charleston Southern.

Davon Marshall drained six 3-pointers en route to 20 points as the Flames (15-20) won the Big South Tournament title game, capturing their first league crown since 2004.

Tavares Speaks also played a big role in the win, providing 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The victory earned Liberty -- which began the season with eight straight losses -- an automatic spot in the NCAA event.

They tied the 2008 Coppin State squad for the most losses entering the national tourney.

The top-seeded Buccaneers (19-12) were paced by Saah Nimley with 18 points.

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