Game Day Central Complete Game Notes
The Game The Liberty men's basketball team looks to end its 11-game skid on Friday when it squares off with Presbyterian. Like Liberty, PC also hopes to get back into the win column after dropping its last four contests. The Blue Hose knotted the all-time series (7-7) between the two squads after defeating the Flames inside the Vines Center on Jan. 3, 62-58. Freshman DeSean Murray played an instrumental role in the contest, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tipoff for the 15th installment in the series is slated for 7 p.m. with the contest streaming live on the Big South Network.
What to Watch for - Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Jordan Dembley has played a total of 55 minutes in the last two games. During the span he has committed just three turnovers. - Theo Johnson is pacing the Flames offense in the last five contests, averaging 12.6 ppg during the span. - Liberty will look to rebound after shooting 35.6 percent from the field on Wednesday. Prior to the contest against Winthrop, the Flames shot over 42 percent in six straight contests. - The Flames will look to build on one particular aspect of its performance on Wednesday, as it committed a season-low 11 turnovers. - In games played away from the Vines Center, Liberty is averaging 58.8 ppg compared to 70.8 ppg for its opponents. The Flames are shooting 40.4 percent, while opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Liberty is also committing 18.6 turnovers, and forcing 12.9 per game. - In its 11 conference games, Liberty is averaging 59.0 ppg and allowing 72.3 ppg. The Flames are shooting 40.2 percent compared to 42.1 percent for their opponents. Rebounding averages are close, as Liberty is grabbing 34.5 boards per game, while opponents are averaging 34.6. The Flames are committing 16.8 turnovers in conference play and forcing 11.2 per game.
Last time vs. Presbyterian - 1/3/15 - Guided by a 16-point, 11 rebound performance from freshman DeSean Murray, Presbyterian took the lead early in the first half and did not look back, earning a 62-58 victory inside the Vines Center. - The Blue Hose led by as much as 14 in the contest, with Liberty making it a one-point game with 1:44 remaining. - Murray's performance came after missing the previous 12 games due to injury. Presbyterian leading scorer on the season, Jordan Downing followed up the freshman's effort with 14 tallies. - Joe Retic paced the Flames with 14 points, followed by Ethan Layer (12) and Theo Johnson (10). Johnson also had seven boards to go along with his point total. Retic also dished out seven assists. Layer's 12 points came after hitting 4-of-5 shots from three-point land. - Presbyterian shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) in the contest, while holding the Flames to 38.2 percent (21-of-55). The Blue Hose outpointed Liberty in the paint, 40-26. The Flames edged Presbyterian from long range, 15-6, and in rebounds, 38-33.
News and Notes vs. Winthrop - 2/4/15 - Looking for its first win inside Winthrop Coliseum in nearly 11 years, the Liberty men's basketball team took on the Winthrop Eagles, Wednesday night. Despite trailing by 17 points in the first half, the Flames made it an eight-point game in the second. However, Liberty was unable to stop the sharpshooting of Andre Smith, who finished with 21 points in the Eagles' 74-61 victory. - Theo Johnson paced the Flames offense with 14 points, followed by David Andoh, who had 13 tallies. - Along with Andre Smith, Keon Moore had 18 points for Winthrop, followed by Keon Johnson (12) and Xavier Cooks (10). Cooks also had five blocks on the night. - The Flames concluded the contest on 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting, while Winthrop shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48). Liberty edged the Eagles in the paint, 24-20, but the home team capitalized from three-point range, outscoring the Flames, 30-9. Winthrop was also active on the defensive end, garnering 11 blocks. - With the defeat, Liberty falls to 6-18 overall and is 0-11 in Big South play for the first time in program history. The Flames' current 11-game skid is also its first since the 1980-81 season. Winthrop moves to 13-10 on the year and 8-4 in conference action. Winthrop now leads the all-time series, 37-15.
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