continued Russo, Jeff Edwards and Tyler Sullivan would contribute one more three-pointer apiece in that stretch as Liverpool entered the fourth quarter with a 57-38 advantage. The Warriors finished with eight 3-pointers.
Caleb Taylor opened the fourth with a thunderous tip dunk, and Russo poured in three more triples before Jacob pulled his starters with 2:30 left.
Senior forward Torrence Commodore did everything he could in the first half to keep the Cougars within striking distance of the Warriors. Commodore’s 10 points, including three second-chance buckets, before the break kept the Liverpool lead from extending to double-digits. He finished with a team-high 14.
The contest began with chippy play, both teams missing multiple open layup opportunities in a first quarter that lacked much scoring. The Warriors had to play most of the first half without Oyola, who picked up his second foul midway through the first quarter.
Dom Pirro, Edwards and Taylor picked up the slack, providing 19 of Liverpool’s 31 first-half points. Taylor would finish with 15 points, just ahead of Edwards (12 points), while Pirro had five points.
“It's the first time in 14 games we've been full,” Jacob said. “We didn't have Edwards for four, didn't have Oyola for four, didn't have Sullivan for four. So 14 out of 18 games I don't have all of my top six players, and that matters.”