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MBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville

January 6, 2012
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Flames guard Chene Phillips

Game Day Central Page

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

Complete Game Notes

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
4:30 p.m.  vs. UNC Asheville

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 heads to Asheville, N.C. on Saturday, continuing Big South play against UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs enter the contest  9-6 overall and 4-0 in Big South action, while the Flames are looking for their first conference win of the season. Last season, Liberty edged the Bulldogs inside the Justice Center, 59-55, earning a road win over UNC Asheville for the first time in nearly six years. This season, the Bulldogs have a new home in Kimmel Arena, where they currently hold a 5-1 record.

Senior Point guard Jesse Sanders is looking to set another milestone on the season, needing just two assists to become the league's all-time assist leader. Game time is slated for 4:30 p.m.

Recent Results
Looking to halt a two-game losing skid, the Liberty men's basketball team hosted Presbyterian College inside the Vines Center, Monday evening. Unfortunately for the Flames, they experienced their fourth setback in Big South action thanks to a late push by the visitors, falling to the Blue Hose, 63-56.

The loss drops Liberty to 5-11 on the year and 0-4 in conference play, marking the first time the Flames have started 0-4 in the Big South since the 1998-99 season. Presbyterian College improves to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

David Minaya led the Flames with 15 points, while Jesse Sanders concluded the night one assist shy of his fourth career triple-double, posting 10 points, 12 boards and nine assists. The Sugar Land, Texas native now has 603 career assists, needing two more to surpass Radford's Amir Johnson (604) for the Big South all-time assist record.

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:
UNC Asheville leads, 27-20
Current Streak: Liberty is on a two game win streak
Liberty Series Record at Asheville: 8-18
Last Meeting: Liberty 83, UNC Asheville 81 (OT) (Jan. 27, 2011)
Last Meeting at Asheville: Liberty 59, UNC Asheville 55 (Jan. 2, 2011)
Last Asheville Victory: UNC Asheville 75, Liberty 72 (Feb. 11, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Seasons): 310-234 (19th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 39-40
Record vs. UNC Asheville: 2-2

UNC Asheville College Head Coach: Eddie Biedenbach
Overall Record (Seasons): 254-289 (19th Season)
Record at UNC Asheville: 225-238 (16th Season
Record vs. Liberty: 24-11

Notes and Anecdotes
- Jesse Sanders is two assists away from becoming the Big South's all-time assist leader. Sanders also needs just three more rebounds to garner his 700th career assist. Upon accomplishing the feat, Sanders will be the only player in Big South history to have 700 rebounds and 600 assists.

- Liberty's last meeting with UNC Asheville on Jan. 27, 2011 was also its last overtime. A three-pointer by Evan Gordon sent the contest into the extra period, but it was John Brown who became the game's hero, putting up a buzzer beating layup to win the contest in the Vines Center, 81-83.

- The Flames 59-55 win over UNC Asheville inside the Justice Center (Liberty's final game inside the facility) marked Liberty's first road win over the Bulldogs in nearly six years. Liberty's previous win at Asheville occurred on Feb. 24, 2005, when the Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 92-80.

- Liberty swept UNC Asheville last season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.

- Big South Preseason Player of the Year Matt Dickey leads Asheville with 16.3 points per game.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Presbyterian College (Jan. 2)
- David Minaya led the Flames with 15 points.

- Jesse Sanders concluded the night one assist shy of his fourth career triple-double, posting 10 points, 12 boards and nine assists. The Sugar Land, Texas native now has 603 career assists, needing two more to surpass Radford's Amir Johnson (604) for the Big South all-time assist record.

- Despite Liberty averaging just above 12 turnovers per game as opposed to 13 for the Blue Hose coming into the contest, Presbyterian College took advantage of the turnover battle, committing just four turnovers to the Flames' 10. The Blue Hose capitalized on the Flames' miscues, outscoring Liberty off turnovers, 13-2.

- Along with Minaya and Jesse Sanders, Tavares Speaks finished in double figures, garnering 12 tallies.

- Flames closed out the opening period with its best shooting performance in a single half this season, shooting 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field.

- Liberty shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field in the contest, marking the fourth time in six games the Flames have shot 50.0 percent or better.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.9 ppg), rebounds (8.2 rpg) and assists (8.2 apg). Sanders is third in the country in assists and is the only player in the country averaging at least seven rebounds and seven assists per game. Sanders has 603 assists for his Liberty career and is currently in second place on Liberty's all-time career assist listing.

- The Flames enter Monday's matchup with a balanced offensive attack, with five players averaging double scoring figures.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 177 tallies through the first 15 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 25.4 per game, this year.

- The last time Liberty started 0-4 in Big South play was the 1998-99 season, when the Flames finished 0-10 in conference action.

- David Minaya (592) needs eight more points to reach 600 for his Liberty career. Antwan Burrus is 21 shy of 600.