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MBB Game Day Central: High Point
|Joel Vander Pol|
Currently in a four-way tie for first place in Big South North Division, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to action Saturday to host High Point. After the Panthers swept the regular season meetings, last year, the Flames returned the favor with a 61-60 victory in the 2013 Big South Championship quarterfinals. Liberty looks to improve to 3-1 in the conference standings with a third straight win, while the Panthers hope to build on an 83-75 win over Longwood. Game time for the 33rd meeting between the two squads is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest airing live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, MASN, ESPN3 and the Big South Network.
"Andrew Jam" … He's Heating Up! – Retro video game references aside, up until recently, Andrew Smith had not had consecutive double-figure scoring performances. The junior now has three in a row, including a career-high 15 points against Campbell, Tuesday. Smith is averaging 13.0 ppg since beginning conference play, and is tied with Davon Marshall as the Flames' leader scorer during the three-game span.
He's on Fire – Tomasz Gielo continues to establish himself as a consistent scorer for the Flames, this season. In the last eight games, the Polish product has paced the Liberty offense, averaging 13.8 ppg. Gielo also has averaged 6.4 rebounds per game during the stretch, the second most of any Flame. The junior is coming off a 17-point, seven rebound performance versus Campbell.
Boards! Boards! – JR Coronado is averaging 10.7 rebounds per game in conference games, sitting third behind UNC Asheville's D.J. Cunningham (11.7 rpg) and VMI's D.J. Convington (11.3 rpg). On the offensive glass, Coronado leads the way, averaging 5.7 boards, which includes 11 offensive rebounds at VMI.
Brotherly Milestone – John Caleb Sanders (1,233 points) needs three more points to surpass older brother Jesse Sanders (1,235 points) for 15th on Liberty's all-time scoring list.