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Liberty edges Fever on Sugar Rodgers’ free throws

Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers brings the ball up

Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers brings the ball up the court on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

INDIANAPOLIS — Tina Charles scored 25 points, Sugar Rodgers made two free throws with 11.2 seconds left and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 85-84 on Friday night.

Charles drew a double team in the paint and found Bria Hartley for an open 3-pointer with 1:19 left to give New York an 83-82 lead.

After empty possessions at both ends, Indiana’s Erica Wheeler had a layup blocked out of bounds by Kiah Stokes and Candice Dupree missed a baseline jumper.

After Rodgers’ free throws, Natalie Achonwa made a layup with three seconds left but New York’s Epiphanny Prince ran out the clock.

Hartley added 17 points for New York (11-10) and Shavonte Zellous had 11. New York went on an 18-4 run in the third quarter, getting to 64-63 on Hartley’s fast-break layup.

Achonwa led Indiana (8-15) with 19 points. Dupree and Tiffany Mitchell each had 14. 

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