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MBB Game Day Central: Winthrop

January 13, 2012
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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

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 based)
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. Winthrop

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
Fresh off a win against Radford, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center to square off with Winthrop, Saturday. The Eagles enter the contest 6-11 overall and 3-3 in Big South play. Coach Randy Peele's squad is coming off a loss on Thursday, falling to the High Point Panthers, 64-54. Winthrop is the only Big South squad the currently holds a winning record in the Vines Center. The Flames hope to change that Saturday and even the series inside the facility at 11-11. Tipoff for the contest is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
The Liberty men's basketball team picked up its first Big South win this season, defeating the Radford Highlanders, 69-64, Thursday night in the Vines Center.

The win snaps a five-game losing skid for the Flames, moving them to 6-13 on the year and 1-6 in Big South play. Radford falls to 3-15 overall and 0-6 in conference action. The Highlanders start 0-6 in league play for the first time in program history.

Jesse Sanders paced the Flames with 17 points and five assists, while also chipping eight rebounds. David Minaya finished with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double at Liberty.

With Minaya surpassing the 600-point mark for his career on Tuesday, Antwan Burrus becomes the second player to do so in as many games, finishing with five points to give him 603 career points. Joel Vander Pol rounded out the Flames double-digit scorers, posting 10 points and seven rebounds.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Eagles 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:
Winthrop leads, 30-15
Current Streak: Winthrop won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record at Vines Center: 10-11
Last Meeting: Winthrop 73, Liberty 66 (Feb. 24, 2011)
Last Meeting at Vines Center: Liberty 75, Winthrop 72 (Dec. 4, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 311-236 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 40-42 (Third)
Record vs. Winthrop: 3-1

Winthrop Head Coach: Randy Peele
Overall Record (Season): 117-142 (Ninth)
Record at Winthrop (Season): 71-73 (Fifth)
Record vs. Liberty: 10-4

Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to coaching at Winthrop, head coach Randy Peele served at the helm of former Big South member UNC Greensboro (1995-99). The Spartans were a member of the Big South in Peele's first two seasons at UNC Greensboro. During that time, Peele garnered a 3-2 record against the Flames. In his inaugural season, Peele led the Spartans to a 20-10 record, defeating the Flames in the Big South Championship finals, 79-53. UNC Greensboro went on to be a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 2 Cincinnati in the first round, 66-61.

- In last year's home meeting against Winthrop (Dec. 4, 2010), Evan Gordon posted a career-high 26 points and five steals, while also chipping in seven rebounds and five assists. The Indianapolis native's performance marked the first time a Liberty player had posted at least 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals since Seth Curry accomplished the feat in his Liberty debut against Montreat on Nov. 14, 2008.

- Liberty's last win over Winthrop allowed the Flames to start 2-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.

- Winthrop is the only Big South opponent that holds a winning record inside the Vines Center. The Flames are looking to even its home record against the Eagles on Saturday.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Radford (Jan. 12)
- The win snaps a five-game losing skid for the Flames, moving them to 6-13 on the year and 1-6 in Big South play. Radford falls to 3-15 overall and 0-6 in conference action. The Highlanders start 0-6 in league play for the first time in program history.

- Jesse Sanders paced the Flames with 17 points and five assists, while also chipping in eight rebounds. David Minaya finished with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double at Liberty.

- With Minaya surpassing the 600-point mark for his career on Tuesday, Antwan Burrus becomes the second player to do so in as many games, finishing with five points to give him 603 career points. Joel Vander Pol rounded out the Flames double-digit scorers, posting 10 points and seven rebounds.

- The Flames finished the contest with 36.5 percent shooting (19-of-52). Radford shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58), including 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from three-point land. The Highlanders outscored the Flames from long distance, 33-3.

- Liberty grabbed a season-high 47 boards, while holding Radford to 31 caroms, garnering the largest rebound margin (16) of the year for the Flames.

- The Flames went 30-of-36 from the charity stripe, hitting the most free throws since Liberty went 32-of-45 at Radford (92-85, Feb. 28, 2009).

- Liberty snapped a nine-game losing streak in conference play, dating back to last season. Prior to Thursday's game, Liberty's last conference victory was a 65-54 victory over High Point on Feb. 12, 2011.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Liberty is starting 1-3 in January for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Liberty went 14-17 overall and 8-6 in conference play.

- With 713 career rebounds, Jesse Sanders needs 65 more to surpass Mike Coleman (777, 1989-92) for fifth all-time on Liberty's career rebounding list.

- After starting last season 5-0 in conference play, Liberty started 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.

- In Liberty's game against UNC Asheville (Jan. 7) , Jesse Sanders became the Big South's all-time assist leader, surpassing Radford's Amir Johnson (604, 2007-10).

- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.5 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg) and assists (7.8 apg). The Sugar Land Texas native is one of seven 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 28 assists to surpass Karl Hess (648, 1977-80) for the most in program history.

- The Flames enter Saturday'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 218 tallies through 19 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 25.8 per game, this year.