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MBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina

February 13, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina

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Complete Game Notes

The Game
Fresh off a 73-60 win in the Vines Center against Campbell, the Liberty men's basketball team heads to The HTC Center, Saturday, to take on defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers took the first meeting with the Flames on Jan. 10 (69-54), but are looking to rebound after an 83-72 setback at Charleston Southern, Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m., with the contest broadcasting live on ESPN3.

What to Watch for
- Ryan Kemrite appears to have the hot hand right now. The redshirt freshman guard has finished with a career-high 14 points in the last two games, swishing a quartet of three-pointers in each contest.

- Andrew Smith is steady climbing up the program record books. The senior has grabbed nine rebounds in each of the last two games and is now 13th on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 504 boards. Smith is also 44th on the Flames' career scoring list with 646 points.

- Theo Johnson has become a key player in the Flames' offense recently. Johnson is averaging 13.0 ppg in the last seven contests, the most by a Flame during the span.

- The Flames are finding their range from downtown, as they closed out Tuesday's game with their best three-point shooting percentage of the season (66.7 percent, 8-of-12). Liberty has hit seven or more treys in three of the last four games.

- In its 13 conference games, Liberty is averaging 60.2 ppg and allowing 71.1 ppg. The Flames are shooting 41.4 percent compared to 42.0 percent for their opponents. Rebounding averages are close, as Liberty is grabbing 34.2 boards per game, while opponents are averaging 34.4. The Flames are committing 16.5 turnovers in conference play and forcing 11.3 per game.

- In games played away from the Vines Center, Liberty is averaging 58.9 ppg compared to 70.6 ppg for its opponents. The Flames are shooting 40.6 percent, while opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Liberty is also committing 18.2 turnovers, and forcing 12.8 per game.

Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to becoming the head coach at Coastal Carolina, Cliff Ellis coached opposite of Liberty three times in his previous two coaching stints, going 3-0 in the trio of matchups. During his tenure at Clemson, the Tigers squared off with the Flames on two occasions. In the first meeting, Clemson defeated Liberty, 96-71 (Feb. 11, 1989). The Tigers then bested Liberty during the Flames' 1992-93 season opener (Dec. 2, 1992), 93-68. During his time at Auburn, Ellis and the Tigers hosted the Flames on Dec. 8, 1995, picking up a narrow 63-58 victory.

- In Liberty junior Theo Johnson's freshman year at College of Charleston, the Cougars hosted Coastal Carolina on Dec. 22, 2012, defeating the Chanticleers, 60-51. Johnson had three points and three rebounds in eight minutes of action. Kierre Greenwood and El Hadji Ndieguene led the Chanticleers with 17 and 14 tallies, respectively.

- That same season, the Chanticleers hosted the Flames in the opening round of the 2013 Big South Tournament, which resulted in a 78-61 victory for the Flames (March 5, 2013). Liberty went on to capture the championship inside The HTC Center with an 87-76 victory versus Charleston Southern (March 10, 2013).

- Liberty's win on Tuesday snapped its longest losing skid since the 1976-77 season when it ended the season with a 13-game losing streak (longest in program history).

- Liberty is looking for its first road win since a 79-59 victory at Campbell (Feb. 22, 2014).

News and Notes vs. Campbell - 2/10/15
- The Liberty men's basketball team ended its 12-game skid in an emphatic way, Tuesday night, defeating Campbell inside the Vines Center, 73-60. Trailing by eight early in the second half, the Flames used a 23-2 run to turn the tide and pick up their first Big South win this season.

- David Andoh paced the Flames with 16 points, followed by Theo Johnson who chipped in 15. Ryan Kemrite was a big contributor to the second half surge, finishing with four treys and a career-high 14 points for the second straight contest.

- Kyre' Hamer led the Camels with 16 points, while Reco McCarter had 13 tallies. Campbell's leading scorer D.J. Mason, who came into the contest averaging 12.6 ppg, was held to one point by the Flames' defense.

- With the win, Liberty moved to 7-19 overall and 1-12 in the Big South, bringing an end to its longest losing streak since the 1976-77 season. Campbell falls to 9-17 on the year and 3-10 in conference action.

- Liberty finished with its second best shooting performance of the season, going 24-of-43 (55.8 percent) from the field. The Camels were held to 35.1 percent shooting (20-of-57), including 22.6 percent (7-of-31) in the second half.

- The Flames connected on timely three-pointers, going 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from downtown. Campbell hit 11 treys on the night, nine of which came in the first half. The Camels followed up with 2-of-18 long-range shooting (11.1 percent) during the second period.