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MBB Game Day Central: Charleston Southern

February 8, 2012
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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

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:30 p.m.  vs. Charleston Southern                                

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 Thursday, taking on Charleston Southern inside Buccaneer Field House. The Buccaneers took the first meeting this season on Dec. 31, snapping a six-game losing skid with an 81-76 decision. Entering the contest 14-9 overall, Charleston Southern is currently fourth place in the Big South with an 8-5 mark.

Holding the advantage in the all-time series (31-21), the Flames are 12-12 inside Buccaneer Field House and look to become the second team to defeat the Buccaneers inside the facility this season. Meanwhile, Charleston Southern hopes to extend its home record to 10-1, this season. Tipoff for Thursday's clash is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Recent Results
Coming off a win against Gardner-Webb on Thursday, the Liberty men's basketball team welcomed Big South leader UNC Asheville in the Vines Center, Saturday night.

Despite a valiant defensive effort by the Flames during the first half, the Bulldogs showed why they are the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation (84.3 ppg entering the night), breaking away with a second half surge to win, 65-51.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 9-16 overall and 4-9 in Big South play. Asheville moves to 18-7 on the season and 13-1 in conference action. The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series, 29-20.

John Caleb Sanders paced the Flames with 15 points, while David Minaya finished with 13, allowing him to surpass 700 points for his Liberty career. The redshirt senior now has 702 career markers and is 34th on Liberty's all-time scoring list.

Jaron Lane led the Bulldogs with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Asheville's guard duo of Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm finished with 13 and 12 tallies, respectively.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Buccaneers will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel with Alan York providing the play-by-play.

There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for Thursday's contest. 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.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 31-21
Current Streak: Charleston Southern won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record at Buccaneer Field House: 12-12
Last Meeting: Charleston Southern 81, Liberty 76 (Dec. 31, 2011)
Last Meeting at Charleston Southern: Liberty 70, Charleston Southern 69 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Last Liberty Victory: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 314-239 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 43-45 (Third)
Record vs. Charleston Southern: 4-1

Charleston Southern Head Coach: Barclay Radebaugh
Overall Record (Seasons): 104-128 (Eighth Season)
Record at CSU (Seasons): 83-120 (Seventh Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 4-9

Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to coaching at Charleston Southern, Barclay Radebaugh spent one season at Queens University in Charlotte, leading the Royals to a 21-8 record. Queens is also where Liberty head coach Dale Layer began his coaching career in 1989. Layer spent nine seasons at Queens, amassing a 167-87 record and reaching the NCAA Division II Tournament on two occasions, including the Sweet 16 in 1996.

- Prior to Radaebaugh taking over at the helm of the Buccaneers' program, current Liberty Director of Operations Jim Platt spent five seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern (2000-05), finishing his stint with a 55-89 record. Platt was 5-7 in games against the Flames, but defeated No. 2 seed Liberty inside the Vines Center in the 2005 Big South Quarterfinals. Platt took his No. 7 seed Buccaneers all the way to the finals, falling to Winthrop, 68-46.

- Charleston Southern's victory over the Flames on Dec. 31 snapped Liberty's six-game winning streak over the Buccaneers.

- In the last meeting, David Minaya posted 16 points in the second half. Minaya is the only Flames to record at least 16 points within a half against a conference opponent, doing so most recently in last Thursday's game against Gardner-Webb.

- Charleston Southern is 9-1 at home this season with its only loss at Buccaneer Field House occurring in overtime to Coastal Carolina (80-77, Jan. 7). Last season, the Buccaneers only defeats inside the facility were to the Chanticleers and the Flames.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus UNC Asheville (Feb. 4)
- Asheville's 65 points was the Bulldogs' lowest point total this season since a 73-63 loss to then No. 4 Connecticut on Nov. 24. Liberty's 51 tallies were the Flames' fewest since a 71-48 defeat at Coastal Carolina (Feb. 25, 2010).

- The Bulldogs 22 points in the first period marked their second lowest first-half point total of the season and the fewest since opening their Dec. 1 meeting versus Gardner-Webb with 21 tallies.

- Liberty shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) on the night. The Bulldogs shot 50.0 percent (17-of-34) during the second half to finish the night shooting 41.5 percent (27-of-65) for the contest.

- Asheville won the rebounding battle by a margin of 16 (47-31), the largest by a Liberty opponent this season.

- Liberty shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line, snapping a four-game streak of shooting 70.0 percent or better from the charity stripe.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Three current Flames are listed among the program's Top 40 scorers of all-time – Jesse Sanders (18th, 1,138), David Minaya (34th, 702) and Antwan Burrus (37th, 671).

- Liberty is currently second in the conference in free throw shooting with 71.6 percent. If the Flames finish the season at that mark, it will be the fifth-best percentage by a Liberty squad in program history.

- Jesse Sanders is third in the country in assists with 8.0 apg, trailing Iona's Scott Machado (10.0 apg) and North Carolina's Kendall Marshall (9.8 apg). 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 (1,138), 700 career rebounds (763) and 600 career assists (672).

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 297 tallies through 25 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 26.4 per game, this year.