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Game Notes: Liberty Men's Hoops Hosts Charleston Southern On Saturday Afternoon
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The Liberty University Flames (11-13, 5-5 Big South) return home to take on the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (8-17, 2-8 Big South) at the Vines Center (8,500) in Lynchburg, Va., on Feb. 10, 2007. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.
The game will be televised on the Flames Television Network with play-by-play by Dennis Carter and color analysis from Ray Jones. The broadcast will also be streamed live on the internet via LibertyFlames.com at LibertyFlames.com.
The game will be broadcast on WRVL 88.3 FM with play-by-play by Jerry Edwards.
All games can also be heard via the Internet by logging onto the Flames' web page (www.LibertyFlames.com) and clicking on the "Live Audio" link.
Flames' head coach Randy Dunton is currently in his sixth year overall as head coach of the Liberty basketball program. He served as the interim head coach during the 1997-98 season and was named full-time head coach prior to the 2002-03 campaign. Dunton has posted a 63-80 record since returning to Liberty, which includes two second-place finishes in the Big South and a share of the regular-season title in 2004 en route to the program's second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Barclay Radebaugh is in the midst of his second season at Charleston Southern after coming from the University of Miami as an assistant one year ago. In his first season with the Bucs, he led them to a 13-16 overall record, taking the team to the Big South Conference semifinals. The Buccaneers also beat the College of Charleston for the first time since 1988, and captured the City Championship for the first time since 1986 with a victory over The Citadel.
Liberty Versus Charleston Southern
Liberty holds the all-time series advantage with a 21-17 mark. The Flames are 8-10 at Charleston Southern and 13-7 at home. The Flames won the last meeting, 66-63, at Charleston Southern on Jan. 22.
1990-91 --- 73-77, *67-69
1991-92 --- 75-80, *76-60
1992-93 --- *60-49, 72-58
1993-94 --- 71-67, *90-81, 82-71
1994-95 --- *63-58, 70-72, 58-60
1995-96 --- !81-75, *77-61
1996-97 --- *72-68, 80-77, *54-64
1997-98 --- 69-72, *75-72
1998-99 --- *67-72, !91-94
1999-00 --- 58-60, *76-60
2000-01 --- *70-57, !81-82
2001-02 --- 64-89, *53-66
2002-03 --- 57-78, *54-48
2003-04 --- 71-55, *!71-67, *60-54
2004-05 --- 71-59, *70-66, *60-66
2005-06 --- 71-73, *45-61
2006-07 --- 66-63
*-Indicates home games
!-Indicates overtime games
Blair Versus Charleston Southern
In nine career games against the Buccaneers, Larry Blair is averaging 14.8 points per game.
Brewington Scores 700th Career Point
Against Winthrop on Tuesday, Dwight Brewington reached the 700 career-point plateau.
Including his two years at Providence, Brewington has 702 career points. Brewington scored 464 points at Providence and 238 with the Flames.
Blair Leads Race To Big South Record Of Games Played
Larry Blair has played 115 career games. There is currently a fourman race for the Big South record for games played, set by Pierre Wooten of Winthrop (120) from 1998-03.
Landon Quick of High Point is also at 115 career games. Phillip Williams and Craig Bradshaw of Winthrop are also in the hunt with 113 career games.
Should Blair not miss any games remaining on the Liberty schedule, he would be the first to reach 120 games, which will be the Flames' Feb. 21 game at VMI. Blair would also be the first to reach 121 games, when the Flames play at Radford on Feb. 24. The final leader will depend on which teams advance deep into the Big South Championship.
Blair One Of Three In The Nation
Larry Blair is one of three active players in the nation who have amassed 50 career games scoring at least 20 points. Blair collected a 20 spot for the 50th time on Tuesday at Winthrop when he scored 23 points. Jeff Green of Georgetown has done it 56 times. Nick Fazekas of Nevada has done it 60 times.
Blair On Verge Of Big South First
Larry Blair is 38 rebounds and 13 assists away from being the first player in Big South history with 2,000 points, 200 three-point field goals, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career.
Blair needs to average 5.4 rebounds per game to reach 500 career rebounds by the end of the year. Blair also needs to average 1.9 assists per game to reach 300 career assists.
Blair A Scoring Machine
During Larry Blair's career, he has scored at least 20 points in 50 of his 115 games. Blair has scored at least 15 points in 75 out of 115 career games and has tallied double figures in 45-straight contests and 57 of his last 58 games.
Blair has tallied double figures in 98 of his 115 career games, which includes 108 career starts. In addition to Blair, only three other active NCAA Division I players are approaching or have accomplished at least 100 career starts and 100 double-figure scoring games. Nick Fazekas of Nevada has 106 starts and 104 career double-figure scoring games, Jamar Wilson of Albany has 110 career starts and 96 career double-figure
scoring games and Brandon Heath of San Diego State has 109 starts and 101 career double-figure scoring games.
Blair Set To Break Big South Records
Larry Blair now ranks second all-time in league history with 741 field goals made, passing Radford's Doug Day (715) on Jan. 27. The Big South career record is 775 field goals, held by Big South Hall of Famer Tony Dunkin of Coastal Carolina (1989-93).
Blair now ranks first all-time with 1,800 field goal attempts, passing Day (1,782) for the top spot on the conference list at Winthrop on Tuesday.
On The Brink Of History
Larry Blair is quickly climbing the Liberty and Big South Conference all-time scoring lists. Blair entered the season with 1,580 career points. Here is how Blair currently stacks up on the Liberty and Big South all-time scoring lists:
Blair needs 96 points or to average 13.71 points per game through the Flames' remaining seven games which include the first round of the Big South Championship, to take sole possession of the Big South career scoring title.
Big South Conference All-Time Scoring Leaders
1. 2,151 Tony Dunkin Coastal Carolina
2. 2,056 Larry Blair Liberty
3. 2,027 Doug Day Radford
4. 1,856 Whit Holcomb-Faye Radford
5. 1,738 Brett Larrick Charleston Southern
6. 1,715 Peter Aluma Liberty
7. 1,711 Joe Spinks Campbell
8. 1,676 Reggie Williams VMI
9. 1,664 LaShawn Coulter Winthrop
10. 1,635 Mark Mocnik Campbell
11. 1,622 Keke Hicks Coastal Carolina
12. 1,604 Henry Wilson Campbell
Liberty University's All-Time Scoring Leaders
1. 2,373 Karl Hess 1977-78-79-80
2. 2,115 Bailey Alston 1988-89-90
3. 2,056 Larry Blair* 2004-05-06-07
4. 1,947 Mark Chafin 1975-76-77-78
5. 1,777 Steve Isaacs 1980-81-82-83
6. 1,715 Peter Aluma 1994-95-96-97
7. 1,658 Ed Vickers 1978-79-80
*denotes Liberty's Division I all-time scoring leader
Blair Looks To Jump Into Second All-Time On Liberty Scoring List
Larry Blair needs 60 points to take sole possesion of second place on the Liberty all-time scoring list, passing Bailey Alston who scored 2,115 career points in only three seasons (1988-89-90).
Larry Blair Chasing Records
Larry Blair has 215 career three-point field goals and needs 10 more to pass Larry Jackson's school record of 224. Blair has already passed Jackson's record for three-point field goal attempts (581) and currently has 643 during his career.
Blair broke Matt Hildebrand's program record for minutes played (3,729) on Jan. 22 at
Charleston Southern. To date Blair has played 3,888 career minutes. Blair entered the season with the most steals at Liberty by a Division I player and currently
Jones Sees Record Fall
Assistant coach Zack Jones saw his last record fall at San Diego State earlier this season. Jones, who played collegiatelly for three seasons at San Diego State, saw his record for most consecutive games scoring in double figures eclipsed by Brandon Heath on Nov. 29 when the senior tallied double figures in points for the 33rd-consecutive time during the Aztecs' 79-76 victory over San Diego.