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LFSN Catches up with Matt Hildebrand
After leaving his mark on the Liberty men's basketball team in the early years of the program's current Division I era, former point guard Matt Hildebrand eventually moved on to flourish in other career fields.
In the following video feature, which first aired on the Liberty Flames Sports Network's daily show "Game On," Hildebrand returns to the campus where his retired jersey hangs high inside the Vines Center. The former floor general recounts his playing days, as well as moments after he stepped off the court for the final time.
Hildebrand helped usher the Flames' basketball program into a new era when Liberty joined the Big South Conference during his sophomore season (1991-92). By his senior year, the Sturgis, Mich., native had the Flames on the national scene and pushing the No. 1 team in the country, North Carolina, in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
Hildebrand started every game he played during his stellar 116-game career, finishing with 1,515 career points scored, 3,729 minutes played and 207 career three-point field goals. A steady hand at the charity stripe, he finished with an 88.2 career free throw shooting percentage (398-of-451), which ranks in the top 25 in the all-time NCAA Division I record books.