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MBB Game Day Central: Greensboro College
After picking up two wins in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center, Saturday night, playing host to Greensboro College. The contest marks the first-ever meeting between the two squads. The Flames look to extend their winning streak to three games, while the Pride is trying to extinguish from a five-game losing skid. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Returning to Form – Antwan Burrus was riding high in the Lone Star State, averaging 16 points and nine rebounds in the final two games of the Corpus Christi Challenge. For his performance, Burrus was named to the all-tournament team. Looking acclimated to the Liberty offense once again, the redshirt senior now sets his sights on Saturday's contest. Burrus needs five more rebounds to reach 500 for his career and is also three blocks shy of moving to No. 2 all-time in program history. The forward is also steadily making ground in his quest to join teammate John Caleb Sanders as a member of the 1,000-point club.
Speaking of Cabe – Fresh off a Texas homecoming, John Caleb Sanders needs three points to reach 1,100 for his Liberty career. The senior continues to approach older brother Jesse's point total of 1,235 (15th in program history) needing just 139 tallies to surpass the former Flames point guard.
Marshall Matters – While Liberty's leading scorer hasn't had the hot hand in the last two games, Davon Marshall can heat up at any moment. Entering Saturday's contest, Marshall needs nine points to reach 600 for his Liberty career.
Big Men on Campus – Liberty has begun to turn things around in the rebounding department, averaging 43.5 boards in the last two contests. During the span, the trio of Antwan Burrus, JR Coronado and Joel Vander Pol accounted for nearly 53 percent of Liberty's rebounds (46-of-87).
Notes and Anecdotes
- Before officially starting its season, Greensboro College squared off in an exhibition contest against North Carolina A&T, Liberty's First Four opponent in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Aggies defeated the Pride, 91-64 (Nov. 8).
- Greensboro College opened its season on Nov. 15 against Bob Jones. Former Liberty guard Larry Taylor, who played for the Flames, last season, led Bob Jones with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Greensboro College went on to win, 74-64.
- Saturday's contest features a coaching matchup between two Eckerd College alumni and assistant coaches. Dale Layer, a 1980 graduate, still holds the top two spots on the program's single season assist listing, with 211 (1978-79) and 186 (1979-80), respectively. Layer also served as assistant coach with the Tritons on two occasions (1980-82, 1983-88). Current Greensboro College coach Bryan Galuski, a 1998 Eckerd graduate, was a two-year captain with the program and was named to the SSC First Team All-Conference squad and earned South Region All-America honors. Galuski is listed at No. 6 on the school's single-season steals list with 65 (1997-98), four thefts ahead of Layer who is tied for eighth with 61 (1979-80). Like Layer, Glauski served on the Eckerd coaching staff for seven seasons, helping lead the Tritons to a program-record 25 wins and an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance during the 2002-03 campaign.