Editorial: Teams challenge Heat’s three-peat

ready — After a year rehabbing his torn ACL, Derrick Rose has improved his game.  Photo credit: Keith Allison

Everyone has heard the chatter — the 2013-2014 NBA season is supposed to be all about losing. The 2014 draft class featuring Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and others is supposed to be the best one in more than 10 years. Teams with little hope of making noise in …

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Flames fall in ‘First 4’

Liberty loses to N.C. A&T, 73-72 When the buzzer sealed Liberty’s win over Charleston Southern University in the Big South Conference Championship March 10, it launched a week-long media frenzy during which the Flames fetched headlines across the nation on the airwaves and in the papers. The New York Times, …

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Boiling Point

Purdue beats Lady Flames at the boards, ends tourney hopes Since the 71-63 loss to High Point, Jan. 17, the Liberty Lady Flames basketball team went on to win 14 straight. In their third consecutive NCAA appearance (14th all-time), the No. 13 seed Lady Flames fell to the No. 4 …

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March madness is a slam dunk

Brackets — No matter how frustrated basketball fans get year after year, filling out the March Madness brackets is a tradition for almost everyone. Photo credit: Andrew Woolfolk

I am a man of tradition. Every year around the middle of March, my daily routine is always the same. To some, the terms “Selection Sunday,” “The Big Dance” and “bracketology” sound like alien vernacular.
But to me, all of the madness — March Madness, that is —makes sense. To […]

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The fantastic five

All on the court — In her last home game at Vines, Devon Brown finishes with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Lady Flames seniors are recognized as they defeat Charleston Southern 88-62 Parents and family gathered with senior players and managers to celebrate their last home game before the Liberty Lady Flames (24-6, 16-2 Big South) trounced the Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers (8-19, 3-15 Big South), 88-62. Something that has never …

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LU recalls Governors

Aerial assault — John Caleb Sanders splits two defenders to attempt a lay-up. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Flames outlast Austin Peay State University, win in overtime The Liberty Flames basketball team faced off against the Austin Peay State University Governors in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster series, Saturday, Feb. 23. The Flames prevailed 79-73 in overtime. Travis Betran of Austin Peay made two late three pointers in the …

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Lady Flames keep on winning

Struggle —  Redshirt senior Brittany Campbell looks to pass out of a trap. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty earns its seventh straight win and sixth straight 20-win season with a 69-60 victory over Radford Dominant post play and solid contributions from the bench propelled the Liberty University women’s basketball team to a 69-60 win over in-state rival Radford University, Saturday, Feb. 16. Liberty, which is now 20-6 …

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Flames unable to win two straight

Onslaught — John Caleb Sanders attempts a lay-up. He finished with 23 points. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty men fall to visiting High Point University Panthers, 73-68, Sanders scores 23 in losing effort The High Point Panthers men’s basketball team (15-10, 10-3 Big South) held off the Liberty Flames (9-18, 5-8 Big South) 73-68 Saturday, Feb. 16. The Flames, junior guard John Caleb Sanders scored a game-high …

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Panther’s Den

After the Lady Flames defeated Radford 69-60 (see B2), the “Vines Furnace Center” turned into a “Panther Den” in the second game of the double-header as Liberty fell to the High Point Panthers 73-68. The Panthers came into the game with the type swagger that the No. 1 team in …

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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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