LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -
scored 30 points and Liberty defeated Gardner-Webb 88-77 in the first round of the Big South Tournament on Tuesday night.
Liberty (22-10) took control early as it ran out to a 22-4 lead on a 3-pointer by
with 13 minutes left in the first half.
The Flames led by as many as 37-14 on
's free throw with 6:30 remaining in the first half.
Ohman scored 18 points, Smith added 16 and
tallied 14 for Liberty, which reached Thursday's semifinals against VMI.
Gardner-Webb (13-17) was led by
with 20 points.
added 13 and
notched 12 for the Bulldogs, who competed in their first Big South Tournament after becoming a full-fledged member this season.
Liberty shot 21 of 25 from the free-throw line (84 percent) compared to Gardner-Webb's 16 of 23 (69.6 percent).