‘‘I'm really looking forward to the NIT,’’ Radebaugh said. ‘‘It’s not going to be a show up game for us.’’
Liberty was next to last in the Big South’s six-team North Division. That’s when the Flames found their game, topping host Coastal Carolina in the opening round before knocking off one of the tournament favorites in High Point, 61-60, in the quarterfinals. The Flames led throughout against High Point, taking a 19-point lead and holding on.
Liberty kept the run going on Saturday with a win over Gardner-Webb.
The Flames didn’t let up against Charleston Southern. Sanders, the team’s leading scorer this year at 13 points a game, nearly reached that mark with 12 points in the period while Marshall added 11.
Tavares Speaks hit a bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded that put the Flames ahead 35-34 heading into the break. Speaks ended the game with 18 points.
Layer previously led Colorado State into the NCAAs back in 2003. He said it was difficult to compare experiences and chooses to concentrate on his happy players, snipping away at basketball nets to take back to campus.
‘‘It’s life changing. I'm just looking at their faces and trying to soak in every moment,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s what you’re doing this for.’’