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The Liberty men's basketball team makes its 2011-12 Vines Center debut on Friday, hosting nearby Randolph College. The first-ever meeting with the Wildcats is slated for 7 p.m.
No. 19 Texas A&M proved why it is nationally ranked, Wednesday night, defeating the Liberty men's basketball team inside Reed Arena, 81-59. The contest was part of the regional round in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Aggies were led by Ray Turner, who finished the contest with 20 points and six rebounds. John Caleb Sanders paced the Flames with a career-high 18 points.
Texas A&M hit 18-of-25 (72.0 percent) shots from the field in the latter period, finishing at 65.4 percent (34-of-52) for the contest. Liberty hit 17-of-39 attempts (43.6 percent) in the second half to finish with 33.3 percent shooting (21-of-63) for the game.
Along with John Caleb Sanders' 18-point performance, the Flames had two other double digit scorers – Minaya (14) and Burrus (10). For the Aggies, Elston Turner and Loubeau finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, following Ray Turner's 20.
Texas A&M outscored the Flames in the paint (48-18) and on the fast break (16-2), but Liberty held the advantage on second-chance points (13-6) and off the bench (27-22).
Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Alan York providing the play-by-play. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on LibertyFlames.com will be available.
Friday's matchup will be video streamed live on the Big South Network, available on BigSouthSports.com.
Liberty at Home
Liberty will enter its game with Randolph College touting a 30-9 record in home openers. Since moving into the Vines Center in 1990, the Flames have posted a 17-4 mark when playing their first home contest of the season.
The Flames closed out the 2010-11 season with a 12-4 (.750) record in the Vines Center. The mark is a vast improvement after the Flames finished 8-6 (.571) inside the facility during the 2009-10 campaign. Liberty's lowest winning percentage inside the Vines Center occurred during the 1990-91 season, when the Flames went 3-8 (.375) during home games. The following season, Liberty turned things around, finishing the season 14-1 at home and claiming its best winning percentage in the Vines Center (.933).