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MBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian College

February 11, 2012
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Flames guard Tavares Speaks

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Complete Game Notes


Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7 p.m.  vs. Presbyterian College                                

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
Coming off a thrilling 75-74 victory over Charleston Southern, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to action, Saturday night, taking on Presbyterian College. The Flames are looking to regain the advantage in the all-time series, with the series currently tied at 5-5.

The Blue Hose took the first meeting against Liberty this season, edging  the Flames inside the Vines Center on Jan. 2, 63-56. Presbyterian College enters the contest riding a three-game winning streak.
Gregg Nibert's team bested VMI on Thursday inside the Templeton Center, 94-74.

Winners of three of its last four, the Flames hope to pick up their fourth conference road win and snap the Blue Hose's hot streak. Standing in their way is center Alonzo Coleman, who is averaging 25.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg with three double-doubles in his last four games.

Tipoff for Saturday's clash in Clinton, S.C. is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Antwan Burrus proved he had an outside game, Thursday night, hitting a buzzer beating three-pointer to give the Liberty men's basketball team a 75-74 win over Charleston Southern. With just 1.9 seconds left on the clock and Liberty down by two, David Minaya airmailed an inbound pass to Burrus, who swished a game-winning three-pointer from just over midcourt.

Burrus' trey was the first of his career, with the forward attempting just one previous three-point shot, dating back to his freshman season (Dec. 29, 2009, versus UCF).

The win inside Buccaneer Field House moves Liberty to 10-16 on year and 5-9 in the Big South. Liberty moves to 32-21 all-time against the Buccaneers.

David Minaya led Liberty with 20 points, followed by Jesse Sanders (19) and Burrus (13). Saah Nimley and Kelvin Martin each had 17 points for the Buccaneers.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for Saturday'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:
Series Tied, 5-5
Current Streak: Presbyterian College is on a two game winning streak
Liberty Series Record at Presbyterian College: 1-3
Last Meeting: Presbyterian College 63, Liberty, 56 (Jan. 2, 2012)
Last Meeting at the Templeton Center: Presbyterian College 73, Liberty, 66 (Feb. 26, 2011)
Last Liberty Victory: Liberty 60, Presbyterian College 57 (Feb. 6, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 315-239 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 44-45 (Third)
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 3-2

Presbyterian College Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Overall Record (Seasons): 372-305 (23rd Season)
Record at PC (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 3-5

Notes and Anecdotes
- Presbyterian College is 3-7 since defeating the Flames on Jan. 2, while Liberty is 5-5 since the first meeting. The Blue Hose lost seven-straight after edging the Flames but are currently one a three-game winning streak.

- The Blue Hose are last in the conference in rebounding offense (29.5) , but second in rebounding defense (30.0).

- Liberty has made six three-pointers in each of its last three games, shooting 40 percent or better from three-point land in each contest.

In the last meeting:

- David Minaya led the Flames with 15 points.

- Jesse Sanders concluded the night one assist shy of a triple-double, posting 10 points, 12 boards and nine assists.

- Despite Liberty averaging just above 12 turnovers per game as opposed to 13 for the Blue Hose coming into the contest, Presbyterian College took advantage of the turnover battle, committing just four turnovers to the Flames' 10. The Blue Hose capitalized on the Flames' miscues, outscoring Liberty off turnovers, 13-2.

- Along with Minaya and Jesse Sanders, Tavares Speaks finished in double figures, garnering 12 tallies.

- Flames closed out the opening period with its best shooting performance in a single half this season, shooting 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Charleston Southern (Feb. 9)
- The game winning shot by Antwan Burrus was featured at No. 2 on ESPN Sport Center's Top 10. Prior to the buzzer beating 30-foot three-pointer, Burrus had taken just one three-point attempt in his career, dating back to his freshman season versus UCF (Dec. 29, 2009).

- Jesse Sander's 19 points places him at 16th all-time on Liberty's scoring list with 1,157, surpassing Eric Gordon and former teammate Kyle Ohman.

- Liberty's 32 made field goals ties its season high. The Flames shot a season-high 56.1 percent from the field, the highest since shooting 56.3 percent last season against VMI (Jan. 20, 2011). Coincidentally, in that same game, an Antwan Burrus play also appeared on the Sports Center Top 10 (No. 8).

- David Minaya scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half.

- Liberty has now won its last two meetings against Charleston Southern inside CSU Field House by one point.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Three current Flames are listed among the program's Top 40 scorers of all-time – Jesse Sanders (18th, 1,157), David Minaya (34th, 722) and Antwan Burrus (37th, 684).

- 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 (1,157), 700 career rebounds (768) and 600 career assists (681).

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 307 tallies through 26 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 26.7 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 209 assists this season, ranking fifth in program history in single season assists. Sanders needs 16 more to surpass TeeJay Banister for the most assists recorded in a single season by a senior.