Baxter-Bell scored 11 with four rebounds and four assists and Homesley added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Flames (7-3), who dominated the first half and led 38-16 at intermission.
Logan McIntosh totaled 18 points and seven boards to pace the Hawks (3-7), who fell to 0-3 all-time against Liberty. The schools were squaring off for the first time since playing twice in the 1991-92 season. Tyler Jones finished with 12 points and six rebounds for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which shot just 32.7 percent (16 of 49) from the floor and 20.8 percent (5 of 24) from 3-point range. The Hawks are 0-6 on the road.
The Flames connected on 26 of 53 shots (49.1 percent) from the floor, but they too struggled from long range -- making just 7 of 27 (25.9 percent).
Liberty forced 17 turnovers, while committing only seven.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|