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Men's Hoops Travel to Winthrop on Tuesday
Liberty returns to action for its second Big South Conference game of the year, Tuesday night, against the Winthrop Eagles, inside the Winthrop Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Tuesday's contest will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network with Jim Hunter providing play-by-play and Kevin Grevey adding color commentary. There will also be a radio broadcast that 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.
The Flames enter tonight's contest on the heels of a 74-70 setback at the hands of UNC Asheville on Saturday night, inside the Justice Center. Liberty led by three with two minutes to go, but couldn't hold on in each team's Big South opener.
Liberty entered Big South play on a two-game winning streak and a record-breaking 84-45 triumph over Kentucky Christian on Jan. 8. Five records were matched or broken that evening, including a Vines Center record 13 assists by TeeJay Bannister.
Prior to the Kentucky Christian win, Liberty earned a 74-57 victory over Nyack on Jan. 5. Anthony Smith led Liberty with 21 points, while Alex McLean chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds, good for his fifth double-double of the season and 17th of his career.
Prior to the recent home victories, Liberty suffered 72-64 setback at George Mason on Dec. 30. Anthony Smith tallied a career-high with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting against the Patriots. B.J. Jenkins chipped in 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Alex McLean tallied 16 points in the losing cause.
Liberty versus Winthrop
Today's contest marks the 37th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Winthrop leads the series, 23-13. The Eagles won the last meeting, 80-76, inside the Winthrop Coliseum on Feb. 6, 2007. After winning nine of the first 14 games in the series, Liberty has now dropped 18 of the last 22 meetings between these two schools. Liberty's last win over Winthrop was of the upset variety on Feb. 20, 2006, when the Flames came away with a 78-71 triumph inside the Vines Center.
All-Time Series Results
Feb. 6, 2007 L (76-80) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 13, 2007 L (40-68) Lynchburg
Feb. 28, 2006 L (52-93) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 20, 2006 W (78-71) Lynchburg
Jan. 19, 2006 L (47-67) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 10, 2005 L (61-69) Lynchburg
Jan. 8, 2005 L (73-75) * Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 18, 2004 W (74-62) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 29, 2004 W (66-50) Lynchburg
Feb. 20, 2003 L (72-84) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 16, 2003 L (64-74) Lynchburg
Feb. 28, 2002 L (59-66) Roanoke, Va.
Feb. 14, 2002 L (62-69) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 19, 2002 L (48-81) Lynchburg
Mar. 2, 2001 L (62-67) ** Roanoke, Va.
Feb. 15, 2001 W (57-50) Lynchburg
Jan. 20, 2001 L (63-76) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 5, 2000 L (63-80) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 17, 2000 L (71-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 1, 1999 L (54-82) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 12, 1999 L (57-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 7, 1998 L (64-65) Lynchburg
Jan. 17, 1998 W (62-52) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 26, 1997 W (83-69) Lynchburg
Feb. 8, 1997 W (66-63) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 18, 1997 W (70-48) Lynchburg
Feb. 24, 1996 L (77-78) * Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 27, 1996 L (76-77) * Lynchburg
Feb. 16, 1995 W (70-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 18, 1995 L (66-85) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 16, 1994 W (81-72) Rock Hill, S.C.
Jan. 20, 1994 W (85-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 8, 1993 L (58-61) Lynchburg
Jan. 13, 1993 L (90-93) Rock Hill, S.C.
Feb. 8, 1992 W (63-52) Lynchburg
Jan. 30, 1992 W (72-58) Rock Hill, S.C.
* - Overtime Game
** - Double Overtime Game
Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Winthrop
Anthony Smith (21 points and five rebounds at Winthrop, Feb. 6, 2007)
Anthony Smith (17 points and seven rebounds vs. Winthrop, Feb. 20, 2006)
Rell Porter (Seven points and seven rebounds vs. Winthrop, Feb. 20, 2006)
McKay versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay held a 1-0 all-time record against current members of the Big South Conference entering conference play. McKay's Lobo team at New Mexico defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69, last season.
Liberty In Big South Openers
Saturday's game marked the 17th Big South opener for the Flames. Liberty is now 4-13 all-time record in Big South openers after falling 74-70 to UNC Asheville. The Flames have opened a conference season with UNC Asheville on six occasions, all resulting in Bulldog wins. UNCA is 3-0 inside the Vines Center and 3-0 inside the Justice Center against Liberty when opening Big South play.
Alex McLean Reaches 400 Career Rebounds
Alex McLean pulled down 17 rebounds on Jan. 8 to become the 23rd player in program history to reach the 400 career rebound milestone.
Alex McLean One of Three
Senior Alex McLean is one of three players in program history to reach 400 career rebounds (412) while only playing two seasons in the program. McLean joins Jason Dixon (467) and Dan Kennard (471) as the only two-year letterwinners to reach the milestone. All other members of the 400 rebound club played at least three seasons on Liberty Mountain. Dixon and McLean are the only ones to accomplish the feat since Liberty's move to NCAA Division I.
Should McLean reach 500 career rebounds, he would become the only two-year letterwinner in program history to do so.
Five Records Matched or Broke Against Kentucky Christian
Liberty matched or broke five records versus Kentucky Christian Jan. 8.
TeeJay Bannister broke Beau Wallace's Vines Center single-game record (12) for assists with 13.
Alex McLean matched his Vines Center record for rebounds (17), which
he set against Lipscomb last season.
Liberty limited KCU to 15 second-half points, a Vines Center record for lowest output by an opponent in a half, breaking Averett's (16) mark in a December 1993 contest.
Liberty pulled down 59 rebounds, matching a Vines Center single-game record established against Averett in 1992.
Liberty also broke a Vines Center single-game record for defensive rebounds with 42, breaking the previous mark (37) set against Radford in 2002.
Alex McLean Reaches 700 Career Points
Alex McLean became the 29th player in program history to reach 700 career points when he tallied 16 points on Jan. 8 vs. Kentucky Christian.
McLean became the second Flame to reach the 700-point plateau this season, following Anthony Smith, who did so against Longwood on Nov. 27.