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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

January 11, 2012
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Flames forward Antwan Burrus

Game Day Central Page

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
Game will be Carried Live

ESPN3.com – National Coverage
Game will be Carried Live

ESPN FullCourt – National Coverage (Subscription required)
Game will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

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

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 the Vines Center, Thursday, playing host to fellow Commonwealth competitor Radford. The Highlanders hold the edge in the all-time series (32-26), which dates back to the 1974-75 season, making it one of Liberty's longest rivalries in program history.

Each team is looking for its first Big South win of the season, as the Highlanders are 0-5 in conference play and the Flames are 0-6. Tipoff for the 58th meeting between the two squads is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Squaring off with the nation's No. 3 offense on Tuesday night, the Liberty men's basketball team stepped into Cameron Hall to take on VMI. Unfortunately for the Flames, the Keydets displayed their offensive proficiency on their home court, taking the contest 71-57.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 5-13 on the year and 0-6 in Big South action. VMI moves to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in league play. The victory allows the Keydets to even the all-time series between the two programs at 13-13.

Stan Okoye led the Keydets with 18 points, followed by Jordan Weethee with 12. Antwan Burrus paced Liberty with 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while John Caleb Sanders finished with nine tallies off the bench. David Minaya posted eight points, reaching the 600-point mark for his Liberty career.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Highlanders will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel, ESPN3.com, ESPN FullCourt and MASN. 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:
Radford leads 32-26
Current Streak: Liberty is on a two-game win streak
Liberty Series Record at Vines Center: 20-10
Last Meeting: Liberty 79, Radford 71 (Feb. 10, 2011)
Last Meeting at Vines Center: Same
Last Radford Victory: Radford 74, Liberty 69 (Feb. 14, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 310-236 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 39-42 (Third)
Record vs. Radford: 3-1

Radford Head Coach: Mike Jones
Overall Record (Season): 3-14 (First)
Record at Radford (Season): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Notes and Anecdotes
- The Highlanders have taken two of the last three contests at the Vines Center, while the Flames have won the last three at the Dedmon Center.

- Last season, the Flames outrebounded the Highlanders in their first meeting 51-32, a difference of 19. In the rematch on Feb. 10, Radford edged Liberty in rebounding, 37-35.

- In Liberty's game versus UNC Asheville last Saturday, Jesse Sanders broke the Big South's all-time assist record, surpassing former Radford guard Amir Johnson (2006-10), who finished his career with 604 dimes.

- Prior to serving alongside Mike Jones on Shaka Smart's staff at VCU, current Radford assistant coach Kyle Getter was an assistant coach at Liberty during the 2008-09 season. Getter joined the staff, replacing Dale Layer who left the Hill City for one year before returning as Liberty's head coach the following season.

- The two squads meet twice in a span of 16 days, squaring off again on Jan. 28.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus VMI (Jan. 10)
- With the defeat, Liberty falls to 5-13 on the year and 0-6 in Big South action. VMI moves to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in league play. The victory allows the Keydets to even the all-time series between the two programs at 13-13.

- Stan Okoye led the Keydets with 18 points, followed by Jordan Weethee with 12. Antwan Burrus paced Liberty with 10 points and nine rebounds, while John Caleb Sanders finished with nine tallies off the bench.

- The Flames shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61) for the contest, finishing under 40 percent for the first time since Nov. 26. The Keydets shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half to close out the night 45.9 percent (28-of-61) shooting from the floor.

- Liberty edged the Keydets in the paint, 36-34, but managed just two made three-pointers on the night compared to nine for VMI. The Flames also capitalized on second chance points, outscoring VMI, 16-8. However, the Keydets bench came up big with 43 points. Liberty's reserves posted 22 points on the night.

- David Minaya finished with eight points on the night, surpassing 600 for his career.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.3 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg) and assists (8.0 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. He needs just 33 assists to surpass Karl Hess (648, 1977-80) for the most in program history.

- The Flames enter Thursday'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 209 tallies through 18 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 25.6 per game, this year.

- After starting last season 5-0 in conference play, Liberty is 0-6 this season. The last time Liberty started 0-6 in Big South play was the 1998-99 season, when the Flames finished 0-10 in conference action.

- Antwan Burrus needs just two points to reach 600 for his career.