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MBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina

February 22, 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

MASN – Regional Coverage
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. Coastal Carolina                                

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
With the regular season winding down, the Liberty men's basketball team steps back into Big South play for a home matchup with Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers enter the contest tied for second in the conference standings with an 11-5 mark. Meanwhile the Flames are 7-3 in their last 10 conference games and have won three-straight in Big South action.

Liberty holds the edge in the all-time series against Coastal Carolina, 25-23. However, Cliff Ellis' squad is currently on a five-game streak against the Flames, with Liberty's last win over the Chanticleers occurring during the 2008-09 season (85-82, Feb. 16, 2009). Tipoff for Thursday's meeting inside the Vines Center is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Liberty men's basketball team stepped out of conference play for a Sears BracketBusters matchup at Morgan State, Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Flames, the Bears sharpshooting from the perimeter and overall size inside ultimately led to an 81-69 victory for the home team.

The defeat inside Hill Field House drops Liberty to 12-17 overall (7-9 Big South), while Morgan State improves to 6-18 (3-9 MEAC). The Flames are now 0-4 all-time in BracketBuster games. The Bears are 3-1 in BracketBusters contests, picking up their second straight win over a Big South squad after defeating
VMI in the event last season, 66-62

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Chanticleers will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel and MASN 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 Thursday'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.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 25-23
Current Streak: Coastal Carolina is currently on a five game win streak
Liberty Series Record in the Vines Center: 14-11
First Meeting: Coastal Carolina 80, Liberty 73 (Dec. 10, 1988)
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina 78, Liberty 68 (Dec. 3, 2011)
Liberty's last victory: Liberty 85, Coastal Carolina 82 (Feb. 16, 2009)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 317-240 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 46-46 (Third)
Record vs. Coastal Carolina: 0-5

Coastal Carolina Head Coach: Cliff Ellis
Overall Record (Seasons): 710-407 (36th Season)
Record at Coastal Carolina (Seasons): 98-58 (Fifth Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 5-4

Notes and Anecdotes
- All five of Cliff Ellis' wins against Liberty have come during Dale Layer's time as head coach of the Flames.

- Coastal Carolina leads the league in scoring defense (65.3) and rebounding (38.2). The Chanticleers and Flames are second and third in rebounding defense, holding teams to 31.7 and 32.9 to rebounds per game, respectively.

- The Flames have an edge in turnovers, averaging 12.2 turnovers a game compared to 13.8 for Coastal Carolina.
In the last meeting:

- Chris Gradnigo paced the Chanticleers with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and 5-for-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Tavares Speaks netted 11 second-half points to lead the Flames with 15.

- Coastal Carolina concluded the contest hitting 27-of-54 shots (50.0 percent), including 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from three-point range. Along with the Chanticleers efficiency behind the three-point arc, they also outscored the Flames in the paint, 34-24.

- Despite Coastal Carolina entering the contest leading the conference in rebounding (43.4), Liberty managed to outrebound the Chanticleers, 37-35. Coastal Carolina came into the matchup averaging almost nine more boards than the Flames.

- Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood finished as Coastal Carolina's other two double-digit scorers, posting 17 and 11, respectively. David Minaya closed out the afternoon with 14 tallies for Liberty.

- Antwan Burrus recorded his second double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

News and Notes from Liberty's Game with Morgan State
- Jesse Sanders paced all scorers with 21 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line. The Sugar Land, Texas, native's point total allowed him to surpass 1,200 for his career. Sanders now has 1,213 career markers. With his four assists, the senior has 700 career dimes.

- Antwan Burrus chipped in 13 points for the Flames, while John Caleb Sanders went 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc to finish with 12.

- Aric Brooks led Morgan State with 18 points, followed by Justin Black and DeWayne Jackson, who each had with 15 tallies.

- Despite shooting an average of 57.1 percent the last three games, the Flames finished the afternoon shooting 46.9 percent (23-of-49).

- The Bears shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49), including 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from outside. Morgan State edged Liberty in the paint, 34-30. The Bears also received 44 points off the bench, compared to 18 for the Flames.

Miscellaneous Notes
- In the last four contests, Jesse Sanders has averaged 18.8 ppg, shooting 65.1 percent (28-of-43) from the field and 85.7 percent (18-of-21) from the foul line. Antwan Burrus and David Minaya have each averaged 14.0 points during the span.

- After garnering his 700th career assist on Saturday, Jesse Sander is believed to be the only player in Division I history with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 700 assists. If Sanders grabs seven more boards, he would be the first player to have 800 rebounds and 700 assists in his career.

- With six rebounds and four assists Saturday against Morgan State, Jesse Sanders is believed to be the first player in Division I to officially record at least 225 rebounds and 225 assists in a season.

- Antwan Burrus' 30-foot three-point buzzer beater to give the Flames a 75-74 win over Charleston Southern on Feb. 9 appeared at No. 2 on ESPN's Sports Center Top 10. The bucket, which was also featured on College Game Day, was the junior's second three-point attempt of his collegiate career. Burrus' other attempt only other attempt occurred during his freshman year against the University of Central Florida (Dec. 29, 2009).

- Three current Flames are listed among the program's Top 40 scorers of all-time – Jesse Sanders (16th, 1,213), David Minaya (31st, 758) and Antwan Burrus (33rd, 727).

- Jesse Sanders is third in the country in assists with 7.9 apg, trailing Iona's Scott Machado (10.1 apg) and North Carolina's Kendall Marshall (9.7 apg). Sanders is averaging 3.2 apg more than Coastal Carolina's Kierre Greenwood, who is second in the Big South in dimes with 4.5 per game.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 338 tallies through 29 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 26.1 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 12 this season. Liberty's single-season record is 15, held by Alex McLean (2008) and Mike Coleman (1990).

- Jesse Sanders has 228 assists this season, ranking second in program history behind Ed Gomes (256; 1976) in single season assists. Sanders now has the most single-season dimes of any Liberty senior, surpassing TeeJay Bannister (224, 2008) for the record.