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MBB Game Day Central: Campbell

February 9, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team looks to end its 12-game skid on Tuesday when it hosts Campbell. The two squads met in a conference-opening clash on New Year's Eve, resulting in a 53-46 win for the Camels inside Gore Arena. Since then, Campbell is 3-9 in conference play, while Liberty is 0-12 in Big South action for the first time in program history. The Flames hope to get back in the win column inside the Vines Center, where they are 7-0 all-time against Campbell. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m., with the contest broadcasting live on the American Sports Network.

What to Watch for
- Liberty is decreasing its turnovers, averaging 12 miscues in the last two contests. The Flames finished with 11 turnovers at Winthrop and 13 at Presbyterian, marking the fewest total turnovers in back-to-back games for Liberty, this season.

- Jordan Dembley continues to fit into his new role as starting point guard, dishing out a career-high seven assists on Saturday. The Flames finished with 15 assists for the game, the most Liberty has garnered in a conference contest, this season.

- Ryan Kemrite is also embracing his starting role, finishing with a career-high 14 points against the Blue Hose. Despite 12 different starting lineups this season, Liberty's five of Kemrite, Andrew Smith, Jordan Dembley, Theo Johnson and David Andoh have opened the last three contests.

- In 11 home games, Liberty is averaging 65.3 ppg, while holding opponents to 62.4 ppg. The Flames are shooting 45.4 percent compared to 37.7 percent for the opposition. Liberty is also averaging 38.6 rebounds per game and holding opponents to 33.4 boards. The Flames are also committing an average of 15.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 11.6 per contest.

- In its 12 conference games, Liberty is averaging 59.2 ppg and allowing 72.0 ppg. The Flames are shooting 40.4 percent compared to 42.6 percent for their opponents. Rebounding averages are close, as Liberty is grabbing 34.0 boards per game, while opponents are averaging 34.8. The Flames are committing 16.5 turnovers in conference play and forcing 11.2 per game.

Notes and Anecdotes
- Before taking over as the head coach at Campbell for the 2013-14 season, Kevin McGeehan spent the last eight years as an assistant coach at Richmond. During his tenure, McGeehan helped guide the Spiders to five postseason appearances, including a trip to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16. While McGeehan was at Richmond, the Spiders hosted the Flames twice, defeating Dale Layer's squad on both occasions (77-61 – Dec. 28, 2011, 84-42 – Nov. 9, 2012).

- Prior to arriving at Liberty, junior forward Theo Johnson played two seasons at College of Charleston. The Camels squared off with the Cougars on Dec. 14. College of Charleston used a 10-0 run to defeats Campbell, 58-47.

- Campbell has not beaten Liberty on the Flames' home turf since the very first meeting on Jan. 5, 1976, when the Camels defeated Liberty, 85-78. At the time, Liberty played its home games at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Va. The Flames moved into the Schilling Center nearly four years later, hosting games in the facility for the next 11 years until the construction and completion of the Vines Center.

- Prior to Friday's game, Liberty had not lost 12-straight games in a single season since the 1976-77 campaign, when it ended the year with a program record 13-game skid.

News and Notes vs. Presbyterian – 2/6/15
- The Liberty men's basketball team found itself in a seesaw battle at Presbyterian, Friday night. With the Flames down by one, clutch shots by PC's DeSean Murray and William Truss allowed the Blue Hose to pull away and leave the Templeton Center with a 69-61 victory.

- With the defeat, Liberty fell to 6-19 on the year and 0-12 in Big South action. PC now leads the all-time series (8-7) with the Flames, moving to 8-17 and 4-8 in conference action.

- Much like the first meeting this season, Murray came up big for the Blue Hose, this time finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds in the absence of leading scorer Jordan Downing. Markus Terry added 14 tallies, while Truss finished with 10.

- Andrew Smith led the Flames with 16 points, one-point shy of tying his career high. Smith also pulled down a team-leading nine boards. Ryan Kemrite concluded the night with a career-high 14 points, sinking four three-pointers. Theo Johnson rounded out Liberty's double-digit scorers with 13 tallies.

- Liberty shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) for the contest, while PC shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54). With points off three-pointers (21-21) and free throws (10-10) being identical between the two teams, the Blue Hose capitalized in the paint, 30-18.

Last Time vs. Campbell – 12/31/14
- The Liberty men's basketball team closed out 2014 on the road, kicking off the Big South slate at Campbell. In a contest that turned into a defensive affair, the Flames made it a three-point game after being down by 11 in the second half, but were unable to climb over the hump en route to the Fighting Camels' 53-46 win.

- Joe Retic paced the Flames with 12 points, followed by Peter Moller, who had 10 tallies. Andrew Smith closed out the contest with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Campbell's Reco McCarter led the Camels with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds.

- Liberty shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) for the contest, compared to 28.6 percent (14-of-49) for the Camels. The Flames outscored Campbell in the paint, 22-14, but the Camels held the advantage beyond the three-point arc, 21-6.