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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

January 27, 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 air at 12 a.m.

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
4:05 p.m.  vs. Radford

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, stepping into the Dedmon Center to face Radford. The contest marks the 60th meeting between the two squads, with the Highlanders holding the edge in the all-time series, 32-27. Liberty has won the last three meetings and is looking for its fourth consecutive win in the Dedmon Center.

The Flames and the Highlanders recently met on Jan. 16, resulting in a 69-64 Liberty victory. Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 4 p.m.

Recent Results
After narrowly falling to the Winthrop Eagles in overtime at the Vines Center on Jan. 14, the Liberty men's basketball team went down to the wire with the conference foe again. This time, the Eagles were able to prevent the contest from going to an extra period, picking up the 65-63 decision inside the Winthrop Coliseum, Thursday night.

Following his history making fourth career triple-double on Saturday at High Point, Jesse Sanders cemented his name in the Liberty record books, becoming the program's all-time assist leader during the evening's contest.

Needing just seven assists to surpass Karl Hess (1977-80, 648), Sanders concluded the first half with that exact number to claim the record. Sanders concluded the night with 10 assists, giving him 652 for his career. The Sugar Land, Texas native also finished two rebounds shy of a second straight triple-double, posting 10 points and eight boards.

Reggie Middleton paced the Eagles with a game-high 20 points, followed by George Valentine, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. David Minaya and Antwan Burrus led Liberty with 13 points, apiece.

The defeat drops the Flames to 7-15 on the year and 2-8 in Big South play. Winthrop moves to 9-13 overall and 6-5 in conference action.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Highlanders will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel and  tape delayed on MASN at 12 a.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:
Radford leads 32-27
Current Streak: Liberty is on a three-game win streak
Liberty Series Record at Dedmon Center: 6-21
Last Meeting: Liberty 69, Radford 64 (Jan. 12, 2012)
Last Meeting at Dedmon Center: Liberty 79, Radford 71 (Feb. 10, 2011)
Last Radford Victory: Radford 74, Liberty 69 (Feb. 14, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 312-238 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 41-44 (Third)
Record vs. Radford: 4-1
Radford Head Coach: Mike Jones
Overall Record (Season): 4-19 (First)
Record at Radford (Season): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1

Notes and Anecdotes
- Four of Liberty's six wins inside the Dedmon Center have occurred within the last five years. The Flames have won the last three meetings inside the facility.

- 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 on Jan. 7, 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.

- In the two squads last meeting on Jan. 12, 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.

- Saturday's contest marks the 60th meeting between the Flames and the Highlanders. Liberty has faced Radford more than any other opponent in program history with the rivalry dating back to the 1974-75 season.

- The Flames did not earn their first road win versus Radford until the 1994-95 season, defeating the Highlanders on Feb. 25, 1995, 68-57.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Winthrop (Jan. 26)
- Jesse Sanders broke a 32 year old record with 1:20 left in the first half, dishing a pass to Tavares Speaks and surpassing Karl Hess (1977-1980) as Liberty's all-time assist leader.

- Jesse Sanders picked up his 10th double-double of the season and 19th of his career.

- Down by seven points with 1:20 left in the first period, the Eagles used a 20-2 swing to hold a 48-37 advantage with 15:48 remaining in the contest.

- Liberty used a 10-0 run to climb within one point of the home team, 56-55, with 6:46 left.

- The Flames finished the contest shooting 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the field, while the Eagles shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63).

- Liberty held the advantage in defensive rebounds, 23-19, but Winthrop capitalized on the offensive boards, 15-8, to outrebound the Flames in the contest, 34-31.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Jesse Sanders needs 15 rebounds to surpass Mike Coleman (1989-92) for fifth all-time on Liberty's career rebounding list.

- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.5 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and assists (8.2 apg). The Sugar Land Texas native is one of seven players in the country leading his team in all three categories. The last time a Big South play accomplished the feat was when Reggie Williams led VMI with 27.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists during the 2007-08 season.

- Jesse Sanders is third in the country in assists and is the first player in at least 15 years to average eight rebounds and eight assists.

- Jesse Sanders is the only player in Big South history with 1,000 career points (1,111), 700 career rebounds (741) and 600 career assists (652).

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 261 tallies through 22 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.

- Liberty currently has five players averaging double scoring figures. The Flames have had just one season with five players averaging 10 or more points per game, doing so during the program's second year (1973-74).

- After posting a total of nine double-doubles his first three seasons, Jesse Sanders has 10 this season. Liberty's single-season record is 15, held by Alex McLean (2008) and Mike Coleman (1990).