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February 5, 2008
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Men's Hoops take on High Point, Wednesday night, inside the Millis Athletic Center.

Men's Hoops take on High Point, Wednesday night, inside the Millis Athletic Center.

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Game Preview
Liberty concludes its three-game road trip, when the Flames conclude the season series against the High Point Panthers, Wednesday night, inside the Millis Athletic Center. The Big South Conference match-up is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m., starting the Flames' second round of league play.

Wednesday'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.

Liberty Update
The Flames four-game winning streak was snapped by Radford, inside the Dedmon Center on Saturday. Liberty had five players reach double figures, led by B.J. Jenkins' 21 points and TeeJay Bannister's 19 points. The Highlanders held of a late surge by Liberty, capturing the 89-88 victory over the Flames.

Prior to the loss, the Flames earned an 87-81 triumph, at VMI on Jan. 28. 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 Bannister and Kyle Ohman each added 12 points in the win.

Prior to the VMI win, Liberty snatch a narrow 55-51 victory from 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 High Point
Tonight's contest marks the 21st all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Liberty leads the series, 12-8. Liberty is 10-1 against the Panthers inside the Vines Center, including seven straight. Only twice has a team swept the season series. Liberty went 3-0 in the series during the 2004 season, conluding with an 89-44 victory in the Big South Championship game. High Point swept the 2001 series, which included
the Panther's lone win in the Vines Center.

Liberty's last win in the Millis Athletic Center came on Jan. 31, 2004, when five Flames tallied double figures, led by Gabe Martin's 15 points, capturing the 67-56 victory.

All-Time Series Results
Jan. 26, 2008 W (55-51) Lynchburg
Feb. 3, 2007 W (96-79) Lynchburg
Jan. 17, 2007 L (71-77) High Point, N.C.
Feb. 25, 2006 L (49-78) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 3, 2006 W (93-80) Lynchburg
Feb.2, 2005 W (86-81) Lynchburg
Jan. 5, 2005 L (56-73) High Point, N.C.
Mar. 6, 2004 W (89-44) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 2004 W (67-56) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 10, 2004 W (79-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 2003 L (68-72) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 9, 2003 W (74-70) Lynchburg
Feb. 16, 2002 L (98-99) ** High Point, N.C.
Jan. 24, 2002 L (58-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 17, 2001 W (77-72) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 2001 W (65-61) High Point, N.C.
Feb. 16, 2000 L (65-71) High Point, N.C.
Feb. 1, 2000 W (88-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 13, 1999 W (72-55) Lynchburg
Jan. 23, 1999 L (89-93) * High Point, N.C.
* - Overtime Game
** - Double Overtime Game

Current Flames With Notable Games Versus High Point
Alex McLean (18 points and 10 rebounds vs. HPU, Jan. 26, 2008)
Alex McLean (16 points and 10 rebounds vs. HPU, Feb. 3, 2007)
B.J. Jenkins (12 points and four assists vs. HPU, Feb. 3, 2007)
Alex McLean (15 points and 14 rebounds at HPU, Jan. 17, 2007)
Rell Porter (13 points and 12 rebounds vs. HPU, Jan. 3, 2006)

McKay's Milestone
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 5-3 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.

Close But No Cigar
Liberty's three conference losses are by a combined 11 points.

When Holding Opponents Under 70
The Flames are 10-3 when their opponents score less than 70 points and
2-7 when their opposition tallies more than 70 points. Liberty's wins over
Niagara (86-81) and VMI (87-81) are the two occasions when Liberty won
a game while allowing over 70 points.

Road Woes
The Flames have lost 33 of their last 38 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 Jan. 28 at VMI. Anderson, who missed Liberty's first nine games with an injury, tallied a two-point field goal on his 50th field goal attempt of the season. The previous 49 attempts all came from behind the three-point line.

Bobby Knight and Ritchie McKay
Ritchie McKay had the dubious honor of being the head coach of the opposition on Jan. 1, 2007, when Bobby Knight secured career win No. 880, passing Dean Smith, as the all-time winningest coach in Division I men's college basketball. McKay's New Mexico squad dropped the contest in Lubbock, Texas, 70-68.

Liberty Is 10-0 At Home
Liberty has started the season 10-0 at home for the first time since the 1992 season when the Flames won its first 14 home games. Liberty's 15th and final home game that season was a 73-70 setback to Virginia Tech.

TeeJay Bannister Dropping Dimes
TeeJay Bannister has dished out 83 assists over his past nine games as compared to 30 turnovers. Over the nine-game stretch, he is averaging 9.2 assists versus 3.3 turnovers per game.

Freshman First
Jeremy Anderson became the first Flame freshman to tally at least 20 points since David Dees scored 22 points against St. Joesph's in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Anderson hit his mark (20) on Jan. 28 at VMI.