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MBB Game Day Central: No. 1 North Seed High Point

March 7, 2013
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Flames forward Tomasz Gielo

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Supplemental Game Notes

Matchup Notes
Liberty at High Point – Jan. 16, 2013
- After a High Point tip-in at the end of the first overtime was waved off, the Panthers took the lead in the second extra period and did not look back en route to the 77-72 decision over the Flames.

- Liberty's double overtime tilt was its first since Feb. 4, 2009, when the Flames fell at Gardner-Webb, 95-90. The contest also marked Liberty's first overtime game of the 2012-13 season and first since Jan. 14, 2012 against Winthrop.

Tavares Speaks led Liberty with a then career-high 20 points, followed by John Caleb Sanders who finished with 19. Davon Marshall added 11 tallies and JR Coronado paced Liberty in rebounds with 12.

- Allan Chaney led High Point with a game-high 22 points, while adding 12 rebounds. John Brown also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

- Liberty shot 33.3 percent (23-of-69) from the field, while the Panthers shot 38.2 percent (26-of-68). The Flames held a 16-7 advantage in points off turnovers, but the Panthers outpointed Liberty from the bench, 23-8.

High Point at Liberty – Feb. 16, 2013
- The Flames led in the early going, but the Panthers took an 11-point lead midway through the second half and held off a relentless Liberty squad for the 73-68 decision.

-  Liberty leading scorer John Caleb Sanders finished with a game-high 23 points, while Tavares Speaks and Casey Roberts closed out the night with 15 and 11 tallies, respectively.

- High Point's dynamic duo of John Brown and Allan Chaney lived up to their billing, posting 17 and 16 points, apiece. Chaney also added 13 rebounds to his double-digit scoring effort.

- The Panthers shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field, while Liberty ended the night with 39.2 percent shooting.

- The Panthers' victory marked its third all-time and second straight in the Vines Center. High Point also became the first Big South squad to reach 10 conference wins on the season.

Notes and Anecdotes
- Liberty head coach Dale Layer is in his 20th season as a head coach and fourth year with the Flames. He owns a 330-260 career record and a 60-67 ledger at Liberty.

- High Point head coach Scott Cherry is in his fourth year at High Point and is 57-64 all-time with the Panthers.

- High Point will be without John Brown due to a broken foot. In games against the Flames, this season, the tandem of Brown and Allan Chaney accounted for approximately half of the Panthers points (73-of-150) and rebounds (42-of-88).

- Chaney averaged 19.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg against the Flames, this season, while Brown averaged 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Next in line was Adam Weary, who averaged 9.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg against Liberty.

Big South Championship Notes
- Liberty holds an 18-19 (.486) record all-time in the Big South Championship, with four finals appearances and two titles (1994, 2004).

- Liberty is seeking its 12th Big South Championship semifinals appearance and first since 2009.

- The Flames are 12-9 all-time in the Big South Championship quarterfinals.

- Liberty's victory over Coastal Carolina marked its first-ever tournament win under head coach Dale Layer.

- Thursday's matchup is the third meeting all-time between Liberty and High Point in the Big South Championship, the second in the quarterfinals and the first outside the Vines Center. The Flames first met the Panthers in 2004 finals (March 6, 2004), capturing its second conference title with an 89-44 victory. In 2010, No. 7 High Point upset No. 2 Liberty, 66-60 (March 1).

A Look Back at Tuesday's Win over Coastal Carolina
- Despite an early lead by No. 4 South seed Coastal Carolina, No. 5 North seed Liberty capitalized on the Chanticleers' 11:36 second-half field goal drought, which included a decisive 23-3 run, to defeat the host team, 78-61, Tuesday evening.

- The Flames' tournament victory was their first since defeating Gardner-Webb in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big South Championship, 88-77 (March 3, 2009). Liberty is now 4-0 all-time in postseason play against Coastal Carolina.

- Davon Marshall paced the Flames with a game-high 28 points, going 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point land and 9-of-10 at the charity stripe. The junior's five three-pointers allowed him to surpass Anthony Smith for third place all-time on Liberty's single-season three-point field goal list. Marshall now has 89 three-pointers this season.

- Marshall's 28 points are the most by a Liberty player in the Big South Championship since Seth Curry recorded 30 in the Flames' 88-77 victory over Gardner-Webb in the 2009 quarterfinals.

Tomasz Gielo added in 14 points against Coastal Carolina, while John Caleb Sanders had 10 tallies.

- Anthony Raffa led the Chanticleers with 23 points, followed by Kierre Greenwood, who had 19.

- Liberty shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field, including 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from the three-point arc. Coastal Carolina finished the night with 38.6 percent shooting (22-of-57). The Liberty defense held the Chanticleers to a season-low 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from three-point range.

- Coastal Carolina's previous season low from downtown occurred on Jan. 12, when the Flames held the Chanticleers to 2-of-20 (10.0 percent) during Liberty's 64-56 victory inside the Vines Center.