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MBB Game Day Central: VMI

January 9, 2012
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Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

TV Coverage:

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game will be Carried Live

MASN – Regional Coverage
Tape Delayed. Will air at 11:30 p.m.

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m.  vs. VMI

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 returns to action on Tuesday, taking on fellow Commonwealth and Big South competitor VMI. The Flames square off with a Top 10 scoring offense for the second straight game, facing a Keydet squad that is No. 2 in the country in scoring (85.8 ppg).

Liberty leads the all-time series versus VMI, 13-12. Last season, the Flames defeated the Keydets inside the Vines Center on Jan. 20, 100-82. However, VMI enacted its revenge on Feb. 15, besting the Flames, 79-69, inside Cameron Hall. The VMI victory snapped Liberty's four-game win streak inside the facility. Tipoff for Tuesday's clash is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
The Liberty men's basketball team suffered its fourth straight setback, on Saturday, falling at UNC Asheville in Big South Conference action, 98-75.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 5-12 on the season and 0-5 in Big South play. UNC Asheville improves to 10-6 on the year and 5-0 in the conference.

Needing just two assists to pass Radford's Amir Johnson (604 assists) as the Big South's all-time assist leader, Jesse Sanders garnered his record-breaking dime at the 13:11 mark of the first half, dishing it to Tavares Speaks for the jumper. Sanders concluded the night with 10 assists, giving him 613 for his career. The Sugar Land, Texas native now needs 36 helpers to surpass Karl Hess (1977-80, 648 assists) for Liberty's all-time assist record.

J.P. Primm paced the Bulldogs with 21 points, followed by Jaron Lane with 15 tallies. John Caleb Sanders led Liberty with 18 points, while older brother Jesse finished with 12.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Keydets will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel and tape delayed on MASN at 11:30 p.m. Ray Jones will serve as the play-by-play announcer, while Tim Scarborough will handle color commentary. The game will also be video streamed live on the Big South Network.

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.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads 13-12
Current Streak: VMI won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record at VMI: 5-7
Last Meeting: VMI 79, Liberty 69 (Feb. 15, 2011)
Last Meeting at VMI: Same
Last Liberty Victory: Liberty 100, VMI 82 (Jan. 20, 2011)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 310-235 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 39-41
Record vs. VMI: 3-1

VMI Head Coach: Duggar Baucom
Overall Record (Seasons): 94-103 (Seventh)
Record at VMI (Season): 131-122 (Ninth)
Record vs. Liberty: 6-9

Notes and Anecdotes
- VMI enters the contest as the No. 2 offense in the country (85.8 ppg) behind No. 4 North Carolina (87.8 ppg).

- Liberty has won three of the last four meetings with the Keydets.

- Dating back to the 2006-07 season, Liberty's last five 100-point games have come against VMI. The Keydets themselves have had four 100-point games this season.

- Last year's 79-69 victory over Liberty inside Cameron Hall snapped Liberty's four-game winning streak inside the facility.

- The contest marks Liberty's second straight game facing a Top 10 scoring offense.

- Since VMI has joined the Big South (2003-04) the Flames have won the opening meeting each season all but one time. The Keydets bested Liberty in their first meeting of the 2005-06 season, 84-68 (Jan. 14, 2006).

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus UNC Asheville (Jan. 7)
- With the defeat, Liberty fell to 5-12 on the season and 0-5 in Big South play. UNC Asheville improved to 10-6 on the year and 5-0 in the conference.

- Needing just two assists to pass Radford's Amir Johnson (604 assists) as the Big South's all-time assist leader, Jesse Sanders garnered his record-breaking dime at the 13:11 mark of the first half, dishing it to Tavares Speaks for the jumper. Sanders concluded the night with 10 assists, giving him 613 for his career. The Sugar Land, Texas native now needs 36 helpers to surpass Karl Hess (1977-80, 648 assists) for Liberty's all-time assist record.

- J.P. Primm paced the Bulldogs with 21 points, followed by Jaron Lane with 15 tallies. John Caleb Sanders led Liberty with 18 points, while older brother Jesse finished with 12.

- The Bulldogs shot 76.9 percent (20-of-26) in the second half, finishing with 62.1 percent (36-of-58) for the contest. Liberty shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field for the game. Asheville hit 15 three-pointers on the night, outpointing Liberty from downtown, 45-21.
- Tomasz Gielo made his first career start, finishing with eight points.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.8 ppg), rebounds (7.8 rpg) and assists (8.3 apg). The Sugar Land Texas native is one of eight players in country leading his team in all three categories. Sanders is third in the country in assists and is the only player in the country averaging at least six rebounds and six assists per game.

- 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 200 tallies through 17 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 25.9 per game, this year.

- After starting last season 5-0 in conference play, Liberty is 0-5 this season. The last time Liberty started 0-5 in Big South play was the 1998-99 season, when the Flames finished 0-10 in conference action.

- David Minaya (599) needs one point to reach 600 for his Liberty career. Antwan Burrus is 12 shy of 600.