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Men's Hoops Returns Home to Host Longwood Tonight
Liberty returns home for only the second time this season, as the Flames welcome the Longwood Lancers into the confines of the Vines Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.Liberty has played five of its previous six contests outside the Commonwealth.
Tuesday's contest will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing play-by-play. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on LibertyFlames.com will be available. There will also be video streamed via the Big South EDGE, available on BigSouthSports.com.
The Flames enter tonight's contest coming off an 80-54 setback at Kentucky on Nov. 21. The Wildcats extended a close first half lead to a comfortable advantage in the second stanza. Alex McLean led Liberty with 15 points and five rebounds. Anthony Smith chipped in 10 points, while TeeJay Bannister dished out a game-high nine assists in the losing cause.
Prior to the loss at Kentucky, Liberty experienced an exciting 55-53 triumph at East Carolina on Nov. 17. McLean laid in a Bannister miss with eight-tenths of a second left on the clock, lifting the Flames over the Pirates for the second-straight season. B.J. Jenkins tallied a career-best 22 points, including 18 in the second half to pace the victors. Liberty won its home opener 64-49 victory over Coker, on Nov. 13. Smith collected his third career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Kyle Ohman scored a career-best 15 points, while Alex McLean chipped in 15 points in the win.
Liberty versus Longwood
Tonight's contest is the 24th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Longwood leads the all-time series, 16-7. The series was renewed on Nov. 30, 2005 after an 18-year hiatus. Liberty's record is 6-6 all-time at home versus the Lancers, and 2-0 inside the Vines Center. Both victories the Flames claimed inside the Vines Center came in the past two seasons since the series was renewed.
The Flames are 1-10 versus the Lancers in Farmville. Liberty has not defeated Longwood in Farmville since an 84-72 triumph on Jan. 16, 1979.
All-Time Series Results
Feb. 15, 2007 L (70-76) Farmville, Va.
Dec. 9, 2006 W (89-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 13, 2006 W (75-66) Lynchburg
Nov. 30, 2005 L (75-88) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 8, 1988 L (53-61) Lynchburg
Jan. 26, 1988 L (57-60) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 10, 1987 L (58-60) Lynchburg
Jan. 17, 1987 L (64-67) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 10, 1986 W (85-84) * Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 1986 L (52-54) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 9, 1985 W (42-38) Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 1985 L (54-59) Lynchburg
Feb. 10, 1984 L (51-55) Farmville, Va.
Jan. 23, 1984 L (64-76) Lynchburg
Feb. 8, 1983 W (60-48) Lynchburg
Jan. 25, 1983 L (61-67) Farmville, Va.
Jan. 23, 1982 L (61-87) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 14, 1980 L (79-92) Lynchburg
Dec. 6, 1979 L (59-69) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 17, 1979 L (78-81) Lynchburg
Jan. 16, 1979 W (84-72) Farmville, Va.
Feb. 18, 1978 L (77-78) Farmville, Va.
Jan. 21, 1978 W (89-77) Lynchburg
* - Double Overtime
Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Longwood
Alex McLean (17 points and seven rebounds at Longwood, Feb. 15, 2007)
Alex McLean (17 points and nine rebounds vs. Longwood, Dec. 9, 2006)
Rell Porter (10 points and eight rebounds vs. Longwood, Dec. 9, 2006)
Anthony Smith (15 points vs. Longwood, Dec. 9, 2006)
B.J. Jenkins (10 points vs. Longwood, Dec. 9, 2006)
Tyler Baker (10 points vs. Longwood, Dec. 9, 2006)
Anthony Smith (16 points vs. Longwood, Feb. 13, 2006)
Rell Porter (13 points and seven rebounds vs. Longwood, Feb. 13, 2006)
Russell Monroe (10 points and four rebounds at Longwood, Nov. 30, 2005)
McKay vs. Longwood
Ritchie McKay has faced Longwood once before in his career. McKay's New Mexico Lobos topped the Lancers on Dec. 17, 2006, inside The Pit, in Albuquerque, N.M., 79-60.
Longwood Following Kentucky
Liberty has faced Kentucky only one previous time before last week's contest. For the second-straight time Liberty will face Longwood in the very next game after playing at Rupp Arena. The last time Liberty played Longwood after facing Kentucky, the Lancers were victorious, 88-75, on Nov. 30, 2005, in Farmville, Va.
Packing Them In
There were 21,298 fans that attended the Nov. 21 contest at Kentucky, marking the second-highest attended Liberty men's basketball game.
When Liberty last played in the Rupp Arena, 22,717 fans attended the contest, marking the largest crowd to ever witness a Liberty men's basketball game.
The previous record was 19,718 when the Flames faced North Carolina in the first round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament. That game was played in the USAir Arena in Landover, Md.
Anthony Smith on Verge of 700-Career Points
Junior Anthony Smith became the 35th player in Liberty history to score 600 career points when he tallied 14 points at VMI on Feb. 21, 2007.
Smith needs just two points to become the 28th player in program history to reach the 700-point plateau.