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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

February 12, 2016
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Liberty Game Notes

Matchup Notes
- The Flames' six-game win streak is their first since the 2006-07 season and the first in Big South play since the 2003-04 season. That year, Liberty won seven straight and eventually captured the 2004 Big South Championship. The Flames have also won three straight on the road for the first time since the 2010-11 season (true road games). Liberty is now stepping into Willett Hall where it is 0-14 all-time.

- During its current six-game win streak, Liberty is shooting 48.5 percent overall (146-of-301) and 41.9 percent from three-point land (62-of-148). The Flames are also making over 10 three-pointers per game (10.3). Defensively, Liberty is holding opponents to 64.8 ppg, while averaging 71.0 ppg. John Dawson leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounding (6.7) and assists (4.0 apg) during the span.

- In Liberty's eight Big South wins, the Flames are averaging 67.9 ppg, while holding teams to 62.8 ppg (+5.1). Conversely, Liberty has averaged 60.6 ppg in its conference losses, compared to 67.6 ppg for its opponents (-7.0). In terms of rebounding defense, the Flames are allowing nearly five less boards per game in Big South wins (30.0 rpg). Liberty is sharing the ball better in its wins, averaging 13.6 helpers per game versus 10.6 in defeats. The Flames are hitting nearly 10 three-pointers per contest in league victories, while they have knocked down a little less than eight per game in losses.

- Along with the Flames' six-game win streak, the Liberty women's basketball team has won eight games in a row, making Liberty and New Mexico State the only NCAA Division I schools whose men's and women's basketball teams are both currently on winning streaks of six games or longer, through games played on Thursday. In addition, the Flames are tied for the 10th longest active winning streak in the country.

Back-to-Back Big South Freshmen of the Week
Liberty men's basketball guard Lovell Cabbil has been named the Big South Freshman of the Week for games played Feb. 1-7. The announcement was made by the conference office earlier this week. Cabbil is the second Flame to win a weekly award after his teammate Caleb Homesley garnered freshman of the week honors, last week. In Liberty's pair of victories over Winthrop and High Point, Cabbil averaged 14.0 ppg and was a flawless 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. The week prior, Homesley averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in road victories over Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian.

Series History
Series Record: Longwood leads, 21-11
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting
Liberty's Record at Willett Hall: 0-14
First Meeting: Liberty 89, Longwood 77 (Jan. 21, 1978)
Last Meeting: Liberty 55, Longwood 53 (Jan. 19, 2016 - Vines Center)
Last Meeting at Willett Hall: Longwood 85, Liberty 71 (Jan. 17, 2015)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay
Overall Record (Seasons): 215-201 (14th season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 50-43 (Third season)
Record vs. Longwood: 3-1

Longwood Head Coach: Jayson Gee
Overall Record (Seasons): 186-120 (10th Season)
Record at Longwood (Season): 27-65 (Third Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 2-3

Notes and Anecdotes
- Although Longwood was not a member of the Big South during head coach Ritchie McKay's first stint with the Flames, Liberty squared off with the Lancers twice during the 2007-08 season. The Flames bested Longwood inside the Vines Center on Nov. 27, 2007, 91-67. Later that season, Longwood defeated Liberty at Willett Hall, 79-68 (Feb. 22, 2008). The Lancers later joined the Big South at the start of the 2012-13 season.

- In addition to coaching against the Lancers at Liberty, Ritchie McKay also encountered Longwood while coaching at New Mexico. The Lobos hosted the Lancers in The Pit on Dec. 17, 2006, earning the 79-60 victory.

- In conference games, John Dawson is first in the league in defensive rebounds, pulling down nearly six per contest.

- Despite being a 64.1 percent free throw shooter on the season, Evan Maxwell has gone 88.2 percent from the charity stripe in the last four contests, connecting on 15-of-17 attempts.

- On Saturday, the Flames also shot a season-best 94.1 percent from the charity stripe, hitting 15-of-16 shots. Liberty's 41 points off the bench also marked a season high.

- Against High Point, Liberty had five players finish in double-digit scoring figures for the second time this season – A.C. Reid (16), Kemrite (14), Lovell Cabbil (14), Anthony Fields (14) and Ezra Talbert (11). The Flames previously had five players in double-digit scoring figures during its game versus William & Mary on Nov. 17.

Last Time vs. Longwood
- The Liberty men's basketball team led Longwood for over 33 minutes inside the Vines Center. Despite the Flames leading by nine with 23 ticks left, the Lancers made it a nail biter with an 8-0 run. However, Liberty managed to hang on in the final seconds for the 55-53 decision.

- The Lancers' late surge occurred thanks to a basket from Shaquille Johnson and back-to-back three-pointers from Tra'vaughn White. Liberty freshman guard Lovell Cabbil broke up the eight-point burst with a free throw, making it a two-point game with six seconds left. White drove toward the basket in the final seconds, but was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, allowing Liberty to pick up its third conference win of the season.

- Redshirt sophomore John Dawson paced the Liberty offense, finishing with 14 points. Cabbil tallied 12 points, followed by Homesley with 10. Dawson also added nine boards and five assists.

- White's late treys gave him a game-high 18 points. Forward Lotanna Nwogbo earned a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson closed out the night with 12 points.

- Liberty's defense held the Lancers to 33.3 percent shooting (17-of-51). The Flames shot 40.0 percent (18-of-45), including 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from three-point land. The Lancers outscored the Flames in the paint, 20-10.

Youth Movement
The Flames will rely heavily on fresh faces during the 2015-16 season, as Liberty returns just 16.5 percent of its scoring, 13 percent of its rebounding and 13 percent of its total assists from last year.

In addition, Liberty sports one of the youngest rosters in NCAA Division I, this season, with 11 out of 12 players being underclassmen (approximately 92 percent). The Flames are comprised of six freshmen and five sophomores.

Youngest Programs in NCAA Division I - Based on Percentage of Underclassmen
Liberty - 92%
Ohio State - 85%
Fairleigh Dickinson - 85%
Wyoming - 80%