Weekend highs and lows

Layin’ it in — Tolu Omotola has 22 points,12 rebounds against High Point. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Men’s and women’s basketball teams hit the road Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams went on the road Saturday, Feb. 2. The Liberty Lady Flames (17-6, 9-2 Big South) were poised to extend their three-game winning streak, while the men (7-16, 3-6 Big South) looked to build off their …

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Bucs outlast Flames

Onslaught —  In the last minute of play,  Joel Vander Pol drives and dishes it to John Caleb Sanders. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Live and die by the three is the motto that the Liberty Flames (6-15, 2-5 Big South) and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (12-6, 7-0 Big South) displayed Saturday, Jan. 26. While the Flames outshot the Buccaneers, Charleston Southern came out on top 79-75. Down by three, Liberty guard Davon Marshall …

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Liberty dominates 91-58

No chance — Devon Brown finishes in the lane. Photo credit: Emily Becker

Lady Flames tallied a season-high 29 assists against Longwood The Lady Flames basketball team was able to shrug off a slow start in the first half and used brilliant passing and superior rebounding to roll past the Longwood Lady Lancers Saturday, Jan. 26, 91-58. Liberty (15-6, 7-2 Big South) trailed …

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Lady Flames down Campbell

Resurgence — After losing to High Point, Liberty was able to get back to its winning ways versus the Lady Fighting Camels. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Omotola’s fifth double-double of the season helps lift Liberty to 65-58 victory Despite shooting 34 percent from the field, the Liberty Lady Flames (14-6, 6-2 Big South) heavily out-rebounded the Campbell Lady Fighting Camels (12-6, 4-3 Big South), leading to a 65-58 victory Saturday, Jan. 19. Forward Tolu Omotola tallied …

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Flames downed twice in Big South play

Setbacks — After a 1-4 start in conference play, the Flames hope to right the ship against the Longwood Lancers. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Panthers, Blue Hose overpower Liberty Midway through the season, the Liberty men’s basketball Head Coach Dale Layer and his revamped Flames team continue to struggle. With several additions from the offseason and the return of center Joel Vander Pol from a back surgery, the team is working to build momentum. …

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Lady Flames squeak out 67-65 win

Liberty’s women’s basketball team kicked off the Big South Conference Saturday, Dec. 1 when they took on Radford in the Highlander’s Dedmon Center for the 12th time in the last 13 years. The Flames took the lead at the end of the game when Tolu Omotola put up a basket …

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B-ball still looking for ‘w’

Woulda, coulda, shoulda — A dejected John Caleb Sanders, 33, walks off the court after the one-point loss Sunday. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

With 48 seconds to go, Devon Marshall hit his sixth three-point shot to give Liberty a 63-58 lead and what was believed to be the dagger against the Georgia State Panthers.
However, the Panthers stuck around and clinched a 67-66 victory.
The loss gives the Flames an 0-8 record — their […]

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Liberty basketball slow out of the gate

The Liberty men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their season Friday, Nov. 9. Both teams came up short, with the Flames losing to the Richmond University Spiders 84-42, and the Lady Flames were down 63-46 by Duquesne University. Poor shooting and turnovers were the story when the Flames were upended …

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Coach Layer, Flames look for healthy start

New faces - Jarred Jourdan is one of many transfers Liberty acquired. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Men’s basketball focuses on the upcoming season with their first test coming up against the Richmond Spiders A new year of Liberty Flames basketball has crept up on us, and for Head Coach Dale Layer and crew, staying healthy is key. Early injuries to players cost the Flames its first …

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Editorial: NBA title up for grabs

The 2012 NBA season is finally coming to an end. The playoff picture is becoming clearer on a daily basis. As of right now, there are four teams in each conference that have the best chances of hoisting the championship trophy. Three from each conference are obvious front-runners, but I …

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Sanders takes game to PIT tournament


For Jesse Sanders, the 6’3”, 200-pound point guard who just completed his senior season at Liberty University, the journey that competitive sports played at a high level can provide has just begun. Following the Flames’ first-round exit in the Big South conference tournament, Sanders took two weeks off to rest …

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Ending the season on a good note

Tournament push — The Lady Flames end the season with a 72-66 victory. LaKendra Washington (1) chipped in with eight points. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Omotola career high 22 points and key free throws late, help the Lady Flames put away the Highlanders Perhaps it was due to the 35 minute delay to the start of the game, or perhaps it was because Liberty already owned the top seed for the upcoming Big South tournament …

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Seniors victorious

Recognition — Jesse Sanders was one of six seniors who were recognized Saturday for their contribution to Flames sports. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

With teammates’ help, the seniors finish with a win When the buzzer reached zero, a celebration erupted in the Vines Center. The Liberty men’s basketball team defeated Campbell 49-41 and clinched the fifth seed in the Big South tournament. However, the win was sweeter for four seniors. With John Brown …

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Warley and Dale cruise in a blowout victory

Recognition — Avery Warley was one of six seniors who were recognized Saturday for their contribution to Flames sports. Photo credit: Nate Brown

The Liberty women’s basketball team defeated the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs 76-44 Saturday. For the Lady Flames, seeing their teammates and friends, seniors Avery Warley and Danika Dale, going out with a victory was every bit as important as clinching the number one overall seed of the Big South Tournament. “It was …

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Sports Talk: Ministry happens outside the classroom

Mentors — Chris Mabes (left) and Eli Overbey (right) encourage the Hawks at a Saturday rec-league game. Photo credit: Nate Brown

Here’s the picture— 13-year-old Carlos and his buddies are down 13 points at halftime of their Saturday-league basketball game, organized by Lynchburg Parks and Recreation. Coaches Chris and Kelsey Mabes and coach Eli Overbey corral Carlos and the rest of the Hawks team. “We got this,” Chris tells them. Shortly …

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