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Flames Put on a Show in Blue-White Scrimmage

October 25, 2012
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Diehard Flames fans gathered in the Vines Center to watch the 2012-13 Liberty men's basketball team compete in a blue-white scrimmage, Thursday night.

The Liberty men's basketball team held a Blue-White Scrimmage, Thursday night, inside the Vines Center. A smattering of diehard Flames fans got their first look at the 2012-13 roster, as each 20-minute half represented a separate game.

Senior forward Antwan Burrus led the white-clad Flames to a 30-24 victory over the blue team in Game 1, posting a game-high 15 points. After jumping out to an 11-point lead in the opening 7:50, the white team led by as much as 12 before their blue brethren chipped away at the cushion.

A mini three-point contest ensued in the final four minutes with newcomer Davon Marshall draining a trey to put the blue team within five. A three-pointer by sophomore Ethan Layer reclaimed an eight-point lead for the white squad at 3:47, but junior college transfer Casey Roberts answered with one of his own 49 ticks later cut it to five again.

Two foul shots by Roberts made it a four-point contest with 1:30 remaining, but an Andrew Smith layup sealed the 30-24 victory for the white team.

With a few of the players swapping sides for Game 2, the blue team bested the white squad in the latter 20 minutes, 41-35. John Caleb Sanders led the blue squad with 14 points and eight rebounds, followed by forwards Tomasz Gielo and Sommy Ogukwe, who each had 10 tallies during the final 20 minutes. Marshall paced the white squad with 12 points, all coming from behind the three-point arc.

Sanders finished the night with a double-double, leading all participants with 20 points and 10 rebounds. With the scores of each game combined, the night coincidentally ended in a 65-65 tie.

Liberty's 2012-13 season begins on the road against Richmond, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. The Flames will play their first of 15 home games Nov. 12, when they host William & Mary at 7 p.m.