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MBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina

December 2, 2011
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Flames point guard Jesse Sanders

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Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Broadcast Live on the Liberty Channel

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
2 p.m.  vs. Coastal Carolina

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team continues Big South Conference play on the road, Saturday, taking on defending regular-season champion Coastal Carolina inside Kimbel Arena. The Flames look to bounce back from a five-game losing skid against the 6-1 Chanticleers, who were picked to finish second in this year's Big South preseason poll.

Liberty holds the advantage in the all-time series, 25-22, but Coastal Carolina is currently on a four-game win streak against the Flames. The Chanticleers were the only team to sweep Dale Layer's squad in Big South conference play last season, with Liberty losing by an average margin of less than five points. Tip-off for Saturday's matchup is slated for 2 p.m.

Recent Results
Despite a valiant effort to open Big South Conference play, the Liberty men's basketball team suffered its fifth consecutive loss, falling to Campbell inside Gore Arena, Thursday night, 96-82.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 2-6 on the year and 0-1 in conference play. Campbell moves to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big South. Liberty is now 6-15 all-time in its Big South opening games.
Trey Freeman led the Camels with a game-high 28 points. Joel Vander Pol posted a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Flames.

Along with Vander Pol's career-high performance, Sanders added 14 tallies. Layer posted a career-high 11 points during 11 minutes of play, while Minaya chipped in 10 points.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for Saturday's contest, with Alan York providing the play-by-play. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on LibertyFlames.com will be available. The game will also be video streamed live on the Big South Network.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 25-22
Current Streak: Coastal Carolina is currently on a four game win streak
Liberty Series Record at Coastal Carolina: 11-11
First Meeting: Coastal Carolina 80, Liberty 73 (Dec. 10, 1988)
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina 77, Liberty 71 (Feb. 3, 2011)
Liberty's last victory: Liberty 85, Coastal Carolina 82 (Feb. 16, 2009)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Seasons): 306-228 (19th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 36-35
Record vs. Coastal: 0-4

Coastal Carolina Head Coach: Cliff Ellis
Overall Record (Seasons): 698-399 (36th Season)
Record at Coastal Carolina (Seasons): 86-50 (Fifth Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 4-4

Notes and Anecdotes
- Last season, Liberty lost to Coastal Carolina by an average margin of 4.5 points. The Chanticleers were the only Big South squad to sweep the Flames in 2010-11.

- All four of Cliff Ellis' wins against Liberty have come during Dale Layer's time as head coach of the Flames.

- Coastal Carolina leads the league in scoring defense (60.3), field goal percentage defense (.385), rebounding (43.4) and rebounding defense (28.9).

- Both teams are struggling behind the three-point arc this season. Coastal Carolina is 10th in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.286), while Liberty is 11th (25.9).

- The Chanticleers hold the advantage in shooting percentage, rebounding and points per game, but the Flames have an edge in turnovers, averaging just under 12 turnovers a game compared to 15 for Coastal Carolina. Liberty has committed 95 miscues in eight games, while the Chanticleers have given up 106 turnovers in seven games.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Campbell

- Joel Vander Pol paced the Flames with a career high 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals, while also adding two blocks. The red shirt sophomore also had a career-high in free throws made, hitting 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.

- Liberty knocked down 24 free throws in the contest, the most since hitting 24 against William & Mary on Dec. 18, 2010.

- The Flames defense held Big South leading scorer and rebounder Eric Griffin to one point and one rebound in the first half. Griffin entered the contest averaging 21.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He finished the game with nine points and five rebounds.

- Playing 11 minutes, Dale Layer's son Ethan Layer posted 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the three-point arc and 2-of-3 shooting from the charity stripe.

- A total of 60 fouls were committed during the contest. Campbell knocked down 33-of-43 free throws (74.4 percent), while Liberty was 24-of-33 (72.7 percent) from the line.

- Liberty is now 6-15 all-time when opening Big South play.

Miscellaneous Notes

- Head coach Dale Layer enters Saturday's matchup 24-18 against current Big South members.

- The last time Liberty started the season 2-6 was the 2005-06 season. That year, the Flames went 7-23 on the season and 3-13 in Big South play.

- David Minaya is now 49th on Liberty's all-time career points list with 530 tallies, surpassing former captain Ryan Mantlo (2002-04), who coached current Liberty guard Tavares Speaks at Cape Fear Community College.

- Liberty is averaging just fewer than 12 turnovers this season. The Flames have only committed more than 12 turnovers in one game this season, giving up 17 turnovers against Randolph College on Nov. 11.

- The Flames enter Thursday's matchup with a balanced offensive attack. Only eight points separate Liberty's leading scorer David Minaya (99, 12.4 ppg) and No. 4 scorer Tavares Speaks (91, 11.4 ppg). Sitting in second and third in scoring are John Caleb Sanders (96, 12.0 ppg) and Jesse Sanders (92, 11.5 ppg).

- Liberty leads the league with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.31. Individually, Jesse Sanders is No.1 in the Big South with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.52.

- Jesse Sanders is sixth in the country in assists, averaging 7.3 per game. Sanders is the only player in the country averaging at least seven rebounds and seven assists per game.

- Liberty's largest lead during its five-game losing skid is three points. The Flames have not held in the lead in three of the last five games.

- During the last five games, Liberty's opponents have led for an average of 37 minutes. The Flames have led for an average of two minutes.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 96 tallies through the first eight games this season. Sanders' minutes are up dramatically this season. After averaging 12.4 minutes per game in 2010-11, the Sugar Land, Texas native is averaging 27.0 per game, this year.

- Through the first eight games, Liberty has had five different starting lineups.