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March 10, 2013
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No. 5 North seed Liberty tips off with No. 1 South seed Charleston Southern, Sunday, at noon on ESPN2.

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2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship Finals - Sunday, March 10
Matchup: No. 5 North seed Liberty vs. No. 1 South seed Charleston Southern

National Television Coverage: ESPN2

Tipoff: Noon

Broadcast Talent: Mark Neely (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (color analyst)

Matchup Notes
Charleston Southern at Liberty – Jan. 26
- Davon Marshall led the Flames with 23 points. Tavares Speaks recorded double digits in points for the 10th straight game, finishing with 15 points.
-  Marshall's seven three-pointers were the most since Kyle Ohman knocked down seven in a 103-88 victory over VMI in the 2008 Big South Championship quarterfinals (March 4, 2008). Marshall is now one of five players in school history tied for second in single-game three-pointers made.
- Charleston Southern leading scorer Saah Nimley led the Buccaneers with 23 points, hitting 6-of-12 three-pointers while grabbing 10 rebounds. Arlon Harper followed up with 19 points and eight boards. Muo Mathiang closed out the Bucs double digit scoring with 14 tallies, while Allie Fullah pulled down 10 rebounds.
- The Buccaneers shot 44.1 percent from the field, hitting 30-of-68 attempts. Liberty finished the contest shooting 37.5 percent (24-of-64). Three-pointers themed the game, with Liberty sinking 11 compared to 10 for the Bucs. Despite Charleston Southern leading the conference in rebounding coming in to the contest, the Flames edged the Buccaneers on the glass, 44-42.

Notes and Anecdotes
- If the tournament was structured using last year's format, Charleston Southern would be the overall No. 1 seed. Liberty would be the No. 10 seed.
- Charleston Southern eliminated Liberty last season in the 2012 Big South Championship quarterfinals, defeating the Flames, 88-74 (Feb. 29, 2012).
- Liberty is holding its opponents to 61.0 ppg, while averaging 68.0 ppg in the 2013 Big South Championship. The Flames are also averaging 36.0 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 31.7 rpg.
- The Flames are shooting 44.1 percent (64-of-145) from the field in the tournament, this season, while holding opponents to 37.0 percent (61-of-165). Liberty is also 18-of-39 (44.1 percent) from the three-point land, while its opponents are shooting 24.6 percent (15-of-61). At the foul line, the Flames are 58-of-69 (84.1 percent). Liberty's opponents are 46-of-67 (68.7 percent).
- Liberty is on a four-game win streak, its longest of the season. Prior to the postseason, Liberty had not strung together back-to-back victories against Division I opponents all season long.
- Liberty head coach Dale Layer is in his 20th season as a head coach and fourth year with the Flames. He owns a 332-261 career record and a 62-67 ledger at Liberty.
- Charleston Southern head coach Barclay Radebaugh is in his ninth year as a head coach and eighth year at Charleston Southern. He has a 128-142 overall record and a 107-134 mark with the Buccaneers.
- The coaching matchup features two former head coaches from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
- Prior to coaching at Charleston Southern, Barclay Radebaugh spent one season at Queens University in Charlotte, leading the Royals to a 21-8 record (2003-04). Queens is also where Dale Layer began his head coaching career in 1989. Layer spent nine seasons at Queens, amassing a 167-87 record and reaching the NCAA Division II Tournament on two occasions, including the Sweet 16 in 1996. Layer was inducted into the Queens Hall of Fame in 2010.
- Layer and Radebaugh are also previous Big South Coach of the Year Award winners. Layer earned the honor during the 2010-11 season, followed by Radebaugh, last season.
- Although he was forced to take a medical redshirt this season, Flames and Buccaneers fans have not forgot about Antwan Burrus. Last season, Burrus knocked down a 30-foot buzzer beater against the Buccaneers, helping Liberty pick up a key 75-74 road win. The lone three-point jumper of Burrus' career landed at No. 2 on ESPN Sports Center's Top 10 plays that night.

Big South Championship Notes
- Liberty holds a 20-19 (.513) record all-time in the Big South Championship, with four finals appearances and two titles (1994, 2004).
- This year marks Liberty's fifth Big South Championship finals appearance and first since 2004.
- The Flames are 2-2 all-time in the Big South Championship finals.
- Liberty is 2-4 all-time against Charleston Southern in the Championship.
- In both of Liberty's championship runs, the Flames defeated Charleston Southern in the quarterfinals before winning the entire tournament. Liberty defeated the Buccaneers in the quarterfinals of the 1994 Big South Championship, 82-71, inside the Vines Center (March 4, 1994). Nearly ten years later, the Flames hosted the Buccaneers again, defeating Charleston Southern, 60-54, in the 2004 quarterfinals (March 2, 2004).
- Charleston Southern defeated Liberty in the semifinals of the 1995 Big South Championship, 60-58 (March 4, 1995), before capturing its third conference title with a 68-67 win over UNC Greensboro the following day. Two years later, the Buccaneers defeated Liberty in the finals, 64-54, earning its fourth conference crown (March 1, 1997).
- Liberty's victory over Coastal Carolina marked its first-ever tournament win under head coach Dale Layer.

A Look Back at Saturday's Win over Gardner-Webb
- The Liberty men's basketball team ended a nine-year streak without a Big South Championship finals appearance, defeating No. 2 South seed Gardner-Webb, 65-62, in Saturday's semifinals matchup.
- John Caleb Sanders paced the Flames offense with 19 points, followed by Joel Vander Pol (11) and Tavares Speaks (10). Vander Pol also collected seven boards to go with his scoring effort off the bench.
- Tashan Newsome and Max Landis led the Runnin' Bulldogs (21-12) with 15 points, apiece. Point guard Tyler Strange finished with 12 tallies followed by Kevin Hartley, who closed out Gardner-Webb's scoring with 10 points.
- The Flames shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field, compared to 39.2 percent (20-of-51) for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Dale Layer's squad outscored Gardner-Webb in the paint, 26-8. Gardner-Webb made up for the difference from the three-point arc, going 10-of-26 from downtown. Liberty finished the night shooting 62.5 percent from three-point land (5-of-8).