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Men's Hoops At Coastal Today
Liberty opens a three-game road trip, as they take the annual "Beach Tour", starting with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Saturday afternoon, inside Kimbel Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Saturday's contest will have 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 South EDGE, available on BigSouthSports.com.
The Flames suffered a 59-50 setback to Winthrop on Tuesday, despite Alex McLean's ninth double-double in his last 12 games. McLean led all scorers with 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, his last carom marked the 500th of his career.
Liberty entered the Winthrop game on the heels of a resounding 83-54 victory over the league-leading UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Feb. 9. Anthony Smith led all scorers with 18 points, while McLean collected his 11th double-double of the season, tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds. B.J. Jenkins added career highs in rebounds (9), assists (8) and steals (5) to go with his 13 markers. Prior to the Feb. 9 victory, the Flames had dropped two-straight games, against High Point on Feb. 6 and Radford on Feb. 2. McLean led the Flames with his 10th double-double of the year, tallying 19 points and grabbing 13 caroms in the losing effort versus the Panthers. Prior to the High Point loss, Liberty's four-game winning streak was snapped by Radford, inside the Dedmon Center on Feb. 2. Liberty had five players reach double figures, led by B.J. Jenkins' 21 points.
Liberty versus Coastal Carolina
Today's contest marks the 41st all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Liberty leads the series, 22-18. Prior to Liberty's win over the Chanticleers on Jan. 21, Coastal Carolina was the winner of four straight games in the series. Liberty's last win in Kimbel Arena came on Jan. 15, 2005, when the Flames use 27 points from Leo Lightbourne to top the Chanticleers, 71-64. Larry Blair chipped in 15 points in the win, while a Coastal Carolina freshman, Jack Leasure, tallied a team-high 14 points in the loss. 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
Jan. 21, 2008 W (78-59) Lynchburg
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 (22 points and 12 rebounds vs. CCU, Jan. 21, 2008)
Anthony Smith (15 points and three rebounds vs. CCU, Jan. 21, 2008)
TeeJay Bannister (15 assists vs. vs. CCU, Jan. 21, 2008)
Alex McLean (15 points and eight rebounds vs. CCU, Feb. 12, 2007)
Alex McLean (14 points and 10 rebounds 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 6-5 all-time against the Big South Conference. Two of the six 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.
When Holding Opponents Under 70
The Flames are 11-5 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.
The Flames have lost 34 of their last 39 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.
Alex McLean Grabs 500th Career Rebound
Senior Alex McLean pulled down his 500th career rebound against Winthrop on Tuesday. The milestone makes McLean the only two-year letterwinner in program history to accomplish such a feat in two years. All other members of Liberty's 500 rebound club played at least three seasons on Liberty Mountain. McLean joined Jason Dixon (467) and Dan Kennard (471) as the only two-year letterwinners to reach the 400 rebound milestone. Dixon and McLean are the only ones to accomplish the feat since Liberty's move to NCAA Division I.
Anthony Smith On the Verge of 1,000 Career Points
Junior Anthony Smith needs 13 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau. With 15 points scored on Jan. 21 versus Coastal Carolina, Smith became the 20th player in program history, and the ninth since Liberty moved to Division I, to score 900 career points. Every player in program history who has scored at least 900 career points went on to reach the 1,000- point plateau.
Next on the Scoring List for Anthony Smith
With 987 career points, Anthony Smith sits 20th all-time in Liberty annals for scoring, having passed Gabe Martin (890) with his 22-point performance on Jan. 19 versus Charleston Southern. Next on the list is Mike Minett (1,001), who owns the 19th spot on Liberty's career scoring list. Minett was a three-year letterwinner from 1985-87.
Jeremy Anderson became the first Flame freshman to score 20 or more points in a game since David Dees scored 22 points against St. Joesph's in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Anderson hit the mark exactly (20) on Jan. 28 at VMI.
Bobby Knight and Ritchie McKay
Ritchie McKay had the dubious honor of being the head coach of the opposition on Jan. 1, 2007. That evening 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.