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MBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville

February 3, 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 (Tape Delay)
Game will air at 9 p.m.

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. UNC Asheville                                

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
Fresh off a win against Gardner-Webb on Thursday, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center on Saturday, playing host to Big South leader UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs enter the contest touting a 17-7 overall record and a 12-1 mark in conference play. Liberty is looking to spring the upset  on its home floor after falling to the Bulldogs on Jan. 7, 98-75.

The Flames have fared well in recent years against the Bulldogs inside the Vines Center, winning four of the last five meetings in the facility. Last season, Liberty went down to the wire with the conference foe in the Vines Center, pulling off an 83-81 overtime victory thanks to a buzzer beating layup by John Brown.

UNC Asheville currently leads the all-time series, 28-20. Tipoff for the 49th meeting between the two squads is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Playing its first conference game this season in front of the Liberty student body, the men's basketball team did not disappoint, Thursday night, defeating Gardner-Webb, 63-58.

After shooting 32.1 percent from the field in the first half, Liberty caught fire in the second half, hitting 13-of-23 shots (56.5 percent) to pull away for the victory.

The win inside the Vines Center moves the Flames to 9-15 on the year and 4-8 in Big South play. The Runnin' Bulldogs fall to 10-14 overall and 5-7 in conference action. Liberty head coach Dale Layer improves his personal record against Gardner-Webb to 7-1 all-time. The Flames now lead the all-time series, 7-3.

Despite beginning the contest 0-for-8 from the field, David Minaya knocked down his next six shots and hit four free throws to lead the Flames with 16 points. John Caleb Sanders hit four three-pointers to chip in 12 points, while older brother Jesse flirted with another triple-double, posting 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Bulldogs will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel, and ESPN FullCourt with Ray Jones providing the play-by-play and Tim Scarborough serving as the color analyst.

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 and ESPN3.com.

Series History
Series Record:
UNC Asheville leads, 28-20
Current Streak: UNC Asheville won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record inside the Vines Center: 12-9
Last Meeting: UNC Asheville 98, Liberty 75 (Jan. 7, 2012)
Last Liberty Victory: Liberty 83, UNC Asheville 81 (OT) (Jan. 27, 2011)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 314-238 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 43-44 (Third)
Record vs. UNC Asheville: 2-3

UNC Asheville College Head Coach: Eddie Biedenbach
Overall Record (Seasons): 262-290 (19th Season)
Record at UNC Asheville: 233-239 (16th Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 25-11

Notes and Anecdotes
- Asheville enters Saturday's contest tied with fellow Big South member VMI as the No. 2 scoring offense in the country, averaging 83.4 points per game.

- Saturday's matchup features two players who lead their respective programs in assists. J.P. Primm is the Bulldogs' all-time assist leader (4th in Big South) with 564 dimes. Jesse Sanders is Liberty and the Big South's all-time leader with 666. Sanders' became the Big South leader during the two squads' first meeting this season at Asheville.

- Since the two squads last meeting, the Bulldogs have went 8-1, while the Flames are 4-3. UNC Asheville's only loss during the span was a 93-88 loss to Charleston Southern on Jan. 19 at Kimmel Arena.

-  Liberty's last meeting with UNC Asheville in the Vines Center (Jan. 27, 2011) turned into an overtime thriller. 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.
- Liberty has won four of its last five against the Bulldogs in the Vines Center. UNC Asheville's last victory versus the Flames in the facility was a 74-70 win on Jan. 16, 2010.

- The Flames largest margin of victory over the Bulldogs in the Vines Center is 29. During the 2007-08 season, Liberty bested UNC Asheville, 83-54 (Feb. 9, 2008). Asheville went on to capture the regular-season title and defeated the Flames in the semifinals of the Big South Championship, 75-57 (March 6, 2008).

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Gardner-Webb (Feb. 2)
- After going 0-7 in the first half, David Minaya posted 16 second half points on 6-for-7 shooting and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. The performance marks the second time the redshirt senior has posted 16 second half points in Big South play this season, first doing so against Charleston Southern (Dec. 31).

- Jesse Sanders concluded the contest with nine rebounds, surpassing Mike Coleman for fifth all-time on Liberty's career rebounding list. Sanders now has 757 career boards.

- John Caleb Sanders surpassed 400-point mark for his Liberty career, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range. The Sugar Land, Texas native now has 408 career tallies.

- The Flames put together a 14-4 run in the second half, receiving buckets from six different Flames and scoring on six straight possessions.

- Liberty shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) in the second half to finish with 43.1 percent (22-of-51) for the contest. Gardner-Webb shot 40.0 percent (24-of-60) for the game.

- The Runnin' Bulldogs controlled the paint, 26-16, and edged the Flames in rebounding, 34-33. The Flames committed 10 turnovers compared to Gardner-Webb's 11, outpointing the visitors off miscues, 13-8.

Miscellaneous Notes
- David Minaya needs 11 more points to reach 700 for his Liberty career.

- Liberty is currently second in the conference in free throw shooting with 72.1 percent. If the Flames finish the season at that mark, it will be the fifth-best percentage by a Liberty squad in program history.

- The Flames last six contests have been determined by two possessions or less.

- Liberty has shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe in the last four contests.

- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.4 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and assists (8.1 apg). The Sugar Land Texas native is one of eight 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. Sanders is averaging about 3.5 apg more than Winthrop's Reggie Middleton, who is second in the Big South in dimes.

- Jesse Sanders is the only player in Big South history with 1,000 career points (1,134), 700 career rebounds (757) and 600 career assists (666).

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 282 tallies through 24 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 26.3 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).

- Jesse Sanders has 194 assists this season, tied with Kenny Gunn (1983) for fifth in program history in single season assists.