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Men's Hoops Host Coastal Carolina
Game Day Central
Liberty continues with game two of a three game homestand, as they host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Monday night, inside the Vines Center. The Big South Conference match-up is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. Monday's contest will be televised on the Flames Television Network with Ray Jones providing play-by-play, Tim Scarborough adding color commentary and Samantha Steele patrolling the sidelines. 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. There will also be a live video stream of the broadcast via the Big SouthEDGE, available on BigSouthSports.com.
The Flames enter tonight's contest on the heels of a 79-63, victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Anthony Smith paced all scorers with 22 points, while Alex McLean chipped in 16 points and TeeJay Bannister dished-out eight assists and tallied 13 points. B.J. Jenkins contributed 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds in the victory. Saturday's win snapped a mini two-game slide to start the conference schedule.
On Jan. 15, the Flames experienced a 55-48 setback at the Winthrop, marking the first time since the 2004-05 season that Liberty started Big South play 0-2. Liberty dropped its Big South opener, 74-70, at the hands of UNC Asheville on Jan. 12, 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 Bannister.
Liberty versus Coastal Carolina
Tonight's contest marks the 40th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Liberty leads the series, 21-18. Coastal Carolina swept the series last season, including a buzzer beater by Joshua Mack, who went coast-to-coast, lifting the Chanticleers to the 77-76 victory. The play served as the No. 2 play on ESPN's Top 10 Plays for the day. Liberty has dropped four straight in the series after winning four straight. The Flames enjoyed a nine-game winning streak in the series from Jan. 23, 1995 until falling at home, 89-68, on Jan. 15, 1999.
All-Time Series Results
Feb. 12, 2007 L (76-77) Lynchburg
Jan. 20, 2007 L (65-70) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 23, 2006 L (61-78) Lynchburg
Jan. 28, 2006 L (60-72) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 14, 2005 W (72-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 15, 2005 W (71-64) Conway, S.C.
Mar. 4, 2004 W (88-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 7, 2004 W (79-64) Lynchburg
Jan. 3, 2004 L (65-67) Conway, S.C.
Mar. 4, 2003 W (63-61 * Lynchburg
Feb. 17, 2003 W (79-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 25, 2003 W (55-54) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 2, 2002 L (54-58) Lynchburg
Jan. 14, 2002 W (86-80) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 3, 2001 L (64-68) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 15, 2001 L (65-71) Lynchburg
Feb. 12, 2000 W (58-52) Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 2000 L (71-83) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 8, 1999 L (75-87) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 15, 1999 L (68-89) Lynchburg
Feb. 25, 1998 W (78-70) Lynchburg
Feb. 14, 1998 W (66-56) Lynchburg
Jan. 26, 1998 W (66-62) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 15, 1997 W (66-50) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 27, 1997 W (78-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 19, 1996 W (71-57) Lynchburg
Jan. 22, 1996 W (67-62) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 20, 1995 W (65-64) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 23, 1995 W (88-69) Lynchburg
Feb. 21, 1994 L (81-84) Lynchburg
Jan. 24, 1994 L (75-86) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 23, 1993 W (81-74) * Conway, S.C.
Jan. 9, 1993 L (65-66) * Lynchburg
Feb. 27, 1992 W (68-58) Conway, S.C.
Jan. 24, 1992 W (72-71) Lynchburg
Feb. 12, 1990 L (66-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 10, 1990 L (85-94) Conway, S.C.
Feb. 13, 1989 L (66-75) Lynchburg
Dec. 10, 1988 L (73-80) Conway, S.C.
* - Overtime Game
Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Coastal Carolina
Alex McLean (15 points and eight rebounds vs. CCU, Feb. 12, 2007)
Alex McLean (14 points and 10 rebounds at CCU, Jan. 20, 2007)
Anthony Smith (12 points at CCU, Jan. 20, 2007)
Rell Porter (14 points and four rebounds vs. CCU, Feb. 23, 2006)
McKay versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay is 2-2 all-time against the Big South Conference. Both victories have come against Charleston Southern. The first came last season when McKay's New Mexico Lobo defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69. The second was on Saturday.
Liberty in Home Big South Openers
Saturday's game marked the 17th home Big South opener for the Flames. Liberty is now 10-7 all-time in Big South openers, including winning six straight. Last year, the Flames beat Radford, 80-66.
Liberty Rotating Uniforms
On Jan. 15, Liberty donned its fifith different uniform, and the game marked the fifth-straight game they did not duplicate a set of threads. The Nike school wore red for the first time at UNC Asheville on Jan. 12 and have also worn two different sets of white uniforms at home. The Flames wore their second set of blue uniforms for the first time Jan. 12 at Winthrop.
TeeJay Bannister Dropping Dimes
TeeJay Bannister has dished out 48 assists over his past five games, as compared to 13 turnovers.
TeeJay Bannister and His Assists on a National Level
TeeJay Bannister currently ranks No. 4 nationally in assists (121), dropping 7.1 dimes per contest. Six of Bannister's contemporaries in the Top 30 have or will face Liberty this season. At No. 5 is High Point's Mike Jefferson (114), No. 6 is East Carolina's Darrell Jenkins (108), No. 14 is Fresno State's Kevin Bell (102), No. 21 is UNC Asheville's K.J. Garland (97), No. 26 is Radford's Amir Johnson (95) and at No. 29 is Niagara's Anthony Nelson (93).
Bannister's friend and former teammate at Virginia Sean Singletary (95) is tied for No. 26 with Johnson.
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 (428) 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.