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Flames Travel to Arch Rival Radford Saturday
Game Day Central
Liberty is in the midst of its current three-game road trip, as the Flames travel to take on their arch rival, the Radford Highlanders, Saturday night, inside the Dedmon Center. The Big South Conference match-up is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m., concluding the Flames' first round of league play.
Ritchie McKay and the Liberty men's basketball coaching staff, in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society, will take part in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday. McKay and company will wear sneakers during Saturday's game.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the radio which 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 South EDGE, available on BigSouthSports.com.
The Flames are riding a four-game winning streak into the Dedmon Center, with the most recent win, an 87-81 triumph, coming at VMI on Monday night. Anthony Smith scored 22 points and Jeremy Anderson erupted for 20 points to pace the Liberty victory. Alex McLean chipped in his ninth double-double of the season with an 11-point and 14-rebound effort, while TeeJay Bannister and Kyle Ohman each added 12 points in
Prior to Monday's win, Liberty snatch a narrow 55-51 victory over High Point on Jan. 26. McLean notched his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the cause.
Liberty versus Radford
Tonight's contest marks the 51st all-time meeting between the rival schools in basketball, in a series that started on Jan. 28, 1975. Radford leads the series, 29-21. Liberty won for only the third time in 23 attempts at Radord last season, as the Flames were victorious, 64-48, inside the Dedmon Center. The other two road wins came in 1995 and 1997. Liberty won seven of eight in the series from Feb. 26, 1994 through Feb. 28, 1997. The Highlanders only victory in that span occurred during the Flames' 1996 trip to the Dedmon Center.
All-Time Series Results
Feb. 24, 2007 W (64-48) Radford, Va.
Jan. 9, 2007 W (80-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 18, 2006 L (54-69) Radford, Va.
Jan. 7, 2006 L (50-60) Lynchburg
Feb. 19, 2005 W (67-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 29, 2005 L (64-69) Radford, Va.
Feb. 28, 2004 W (50-49) Lynchburg
Jan. 14, 2004 L (76-83) Radford, Va.
Mar. 7, 2003 L (52-55) Lynchburg
Feb. 28, 2003 L (56-81) Radford, Va.
Jan. 18, 2003 W (81-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 23, 2002 W (78-69) Lynchburg
Jan. 26, 2002 L (60-79) Radford, Va.
Feb. 24, 2001 L (77-94) Radford, Va.
Jan. 27, 2001 L (57-77) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 2000 L (62-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 29, 2000 L (66-85) Radford, Va.
Feb. 20, 1999 L (68-97) Radford, Va.
Jan. 30, 1999 L (60-86) Lynchburg
Feb. 21, 1998 L (82-91) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 1998 L (59-77) Radford, Va.
Feb. 28, 1997 W (85-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 22, 1997 W (89-75) Radford, Va.
Feb. 1, 1997 W (70-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 3, 1996 W (53-50) Lynchburg
Jan. 15, 1996 L (65-71) * Radford, Va.
Feb. 25, 1995 W (68-57) Radford, Va.
Jan. 14, 1995 W (64-52) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 1994 W (75-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 16, 1994 L (68-82) Radford, Va.
Mar. 4, 1993 L (69-73) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 27, 1993 L (74-79) Radford, Va.
Jan. 28, 1993 W (94-74) Lynchburg
Jan. 27, 1992 W (92-77) Lynchburg
Jan. 16, 1992 L (74-76) Radford, Va.
Feb, 13, 1984 W (53-48) Lynchburg
Jan. 14, 1984 L (70-91) Radford, Va.
Feb. 14, 1983 W (67-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 19, 1983 L (63-71) Radford, Va.
Feb. 20, 1982 L (63-72) Radford, Va.
Dec. 14, 1981 L (52-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 24, 1981 L (71-79) * Radford, Va.
Dec. 16, 1980 L (60-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 5, 1980 L (61-79) Radford, Va.
Dec. 17, 1979 W (79-70) Lynchburg
Feb. 6, 1979 W (68-67) Lynchburg
Dec. 18, 1978 L (66-68) Radford, Va.
Feb. 12, 1976 L (76-80) Radford, Va.
Jan. 24, 1976 W (85-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 28, 1975 W (99-85) Lynchburg
* - Overtime Game
Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Radford
Alex McLean (16 points and 11 rebounds at Radford, Feb. 24, 2007)
Anthony Smith (11 points and eight rebounds at Radford, Feb. 24, 2007)
Alex McLean (18 points and eight rebounds vs. Radford, Jan. 9, 2007)
Anthony Smith (17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Radford, Jan. 9, 2007)
Anthony Smith (13 points at Radford, Feb. 18, 2006)
Outside his 19 wins at Colorado State in 1999, Ritchie McKay's 12 victories this season are the most in the first year of a tenure at any program he has headed up. McKay had nine victories in 1997 at Portland State when the program was first added after a 15-year hiatus. His Oregon State team in 2001 and his New Mexico team in 2003 each won 10 games the first season McKay was on campus.
McKay versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay is 5-2 all-time against the Big South Conference. Two of the five victories have come against Charleston Southern. The first came last season when McKay's Lobo team at New Mexico defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69. The second was on Jan. 19.
The Flames have lost 32 of their last 37 road games, dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season. Three of the wins during that span came last season. A 66-63 victory at Charleston Southern on Jan. 22, a 118-108 victory at VMI on Feb. 21 and a 64-48 win at Radford on Feb. 24. The victory in Lexington was the Flames first since Dec. 7, 1991, and the win at Radford was Liberty's first since Feb. 22, 1997. The fourth road win was a 55-53 triumph at East Carolina on Nov. 17 and the fifth road win was on Monday at VMI, 87-81.
Flames Win Six Games In January
The Flames won six games in January for the seventh time in program history and the first time since the 2004 season. Below is a list of those seven teams and their records for the month of January.
2008 (6-2) 2004 (6-3) 1993 (8-3) 1992 (8-2) 1985 (6-2) 1980 (6-4) 1979 (6-6)
Jeremy Anderson Attempts a Two-Point Field Goal
Freshman Jeremy Anderson attempted his first two-point field goal on Monday at VMI. Anderson, who missed Liberty's first nine games with an injury, tallied a two-point field goal on what his 50th field goal attempt of the season. The previous 49 attempts all came from behind the three-point line.
Liberty Notches 10th Win of Season
On Jan. 21 the Flames notched their 10th win in what was their 19th game of the season. This is the quickest a Liberty team has reached 10 wins since Mel Hankinson's 2000 squad accomplished double-figure wins in their 13th game. It took Liberty's 2004 Big South Championship team 22 games to reach the 10-win mark.
TeeJay Bannister Dropping Dimes
TeeJay Bannister has dished out 74 assists over his past eight games as compared to 26 turnovers. Over the seven-game stretch, he is averaging 9.3 assists versus 3.2 turnovers per game.
TeeJay Bannister on the Verge of 400 Career Assists
To date, TeeJay Bannister has 385 assists during his collegiate career, needing 15 for 400 career dimes. Bannister registered 238 during his three years at Virginia. The senior currently has 147 helpers for the Flames this season and ranks No. 3 nationally in the category.