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MBB Game Day Central: Princeton

January 3, 2014
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Andrew Smith (left) and Joel Vander Pol (center)

Game Day Central

Liberty Game Notes

The Game
Liberty returns to the Vines Center, Saturday, playing host to Princeton. The Tigers enter the contest with a 10-2 record and are coming off a 73-68 win over Kent State on Tuesday. The matchup marks the second time the Flames have faced a member of the Ivy League and the first since defeating Yale, 67-55, on Jan. 8, 2000. The Flames are looking to rebound after a tough 77-64 defeat at Delaware, on New Year's Day. Game time is slated for 2 p.m., with the contest airing live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, MASN2, ESPN3 and the Big South Network.

Quick Hits
- Tomasz Gielo is averaging 14.3 ppg in the last three contests, leading the Flames' offense during the span.

- Liberty has won the rebounding battle the last nine games, outrebounding its opponents 365-260 and averaging 40.6 rebounds during the span.

- Liberty shot 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from three-point range at Delaware, the lowest since shooting an identical percentage (1-of-7) in a 67-65 win at Radford on Jan. 28, 2012. Prior to the game against the Blue Hens, Liberty shot above 42.0 percent from three-point land in the previous three contests.

- The Flames' 38.3 percent shooting at Delaware snapped an eight-game streak in which they shot 40.0 percent or better from the field.

- Liberty's 64 points at Delaware snapped a five-game streak in which the Flames scored 70 or more points.

Liberty at Home
Coming into Saturday's game, the Flames are 4-2 inside the Vines Center, this season. Liberty is averaging 77.7 points per game, outscoring opponents by an average margin of 16.5 points. The Flames are shooting 48.9 percent, hitting 160-of-327 shots from the field. At the charity stripe, Liberty has knocked down 112-of-154 foul shots (72.7 percent) on its home court. In terms of rebounding, Liberty is averaging 39.3 boards per game, outrebounding opponents in the Vines Center by a margin of +10.8.

Notes and Anecdotes- Saturday's contest marks just the second time Liberty has faced a member of the Ivy League. The Flames played at Yale on Jan. 8, 2000, defeating the Bulldogs, 67-55. Liberty used a 13-0 run to start the second half to seal the win. Delawn Grandison led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Maurice Watkins, who had 16 tallies.

- Coincidentally, Dale Layer also has a win over Yale in his head coaching career, marking the only Ivy League member the skipper has coached against. In his fourth game as head coach at Colorado State, on Nov. 30, 2000, Layer's Rams defeated the Bulldogs, 83-47.

- Prior to coaching at Princeton, head coach Mitch Henderson served as an assistant at Northwestern for 11 seasons (2000-11) under Bill Carmody. During Henderson's time there, the Wildcats hosted the Flames in Layer's first season as head coach (Nov. 24, 2009). The contest served as part of the Chicago Invitational and resulted in a 69-53 win for the Wildcats. Antwan Burrus was the only current Flame to have played in the contest, finishing with four points and one rebound in 10 minutes of action.

- John Caleb Sanders (1,171) needs 65 points to surpass his older brother and 2011 Big South Player of the Year Jesse Sanders (1,235 points). At his season scoring rate (11.3 ppg), John Caleb is projected to reach the mark during Liberty's game at Longwood on Jan. 22.