Game Day Central Complete Game Notes
The Game The Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center on Tuesday to host Longwood. The Flames look to bounce back from a 96-56 loss at Coastal Carolina, while the Lancers are hoping to rebound from a four-game skid. Longwood took the first meeting between the two squads on Jan. 17, defeating Liberty inside Willett Hall, 85-71. Tipoff for the contest is slated for 8 p.m., broadcasting live on the American Sports Network.
What to Watch for - In the last three contests, junior forward Theo Johnson and redshirt freshman guard Ryan Kemrite are pacing the Flames offense, each averaging 12.3 ppg during the span.
- Look for David Andoh to be a factor in the game against the Lancers. In the previous contest versus Longwood, Andoh finished with a career-high 24 points inside Willett Hall.
- Liberty is undefeated all-time in the Vines Center against the Lancers with a 5-0 record. Liberty's average of margin of victory against Longwood in the facility is 20.4 points per game.
- The Flames have not lost to the Lancers at home since the 1987-88 season. The Lancers defeated Liberty inside the Schilling Center, 61-53, on Feb. 8, 1988.
- Liberty is 9-6 all-time at home versus Longwood, with all six losses occurring before the construction of the Vines Center.
- In its 14 conference games, Liberty is averaging 59.9 ppg and allowing 72.9 ppg. The Flames are shooting 41.0 percent compared to 43.0 percent for their opponents. Liberty is grabbing 33.4 boards per game, while opponents are averaging 35.0. The Flames are committing 16.1 turnovers in conference play and forcing 10.9 per game.
- In 13 home games, Liberty is averaging 65.9 ppg, while holding opponents to 62.2 ppg. The Flames are shooting 46.0 percent compared to 37.5 percent for the opposition. Liberty is also averaging 38.4 rebounds per game and holding opponents to 33.2 boards. The Flames are also committing an average of 15.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 11.7 per contest.
Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty's contest against the Lancers will likely bring back fond memories for a member of head coach Dale Layer's staff. Current Liberty assistant Coach Vince Walden was a three-year captain and four-year letterwinner at Longwood (1994-98) during the school's NCAA Division II era. Walden was a part of the 1994-95 Lancers' squad that appeared in the 1995 NCAA Division II Tournament. He is currently tied for 10th all-time in program history in career three-point field goal percentage (.366, 89-of-243). After attempting to play on the professional circuit following his collegiate career, Walden later returned to Longwood in 2001 and completed his bachelor's degree in social work.
Last time vs. Longwood - 1/17/15 - A pair of transfer players for Longwood lived up to their billing, as Shaquille Johnson and Quincy Taylor posted 31 and 21 points, respectively, to lead the Lancers past the Liberty men's basketball team, 85-71.
- David Andoh paced Liberty with a career-high 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 at the foul line. Andoh's free throws marked the first time a Flame has garnered at least 10 points from the charity stripe since John Caleb Sanders hit 11 foul shots to help Liberty defeat Charleston Southern in the 2013 Big South Championship, 87-76 (March 10, 2013).
- With the defeat, Liberty is now 0-14 all-time inside Willett Hall. Longwood leads the all-time series, 20-10.
- Along with Johnson and Taylor, Ryan Badowski finished with 15 points, hitting five three-pointers. Leron Fisher finished with 10 tallies.
- Longwood shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from long distance. Liberty shot 46.7 percent (21-of-45) from the field, while Longwood finished at 45.9 percent (28-of-61). The Lancers used Liberty's 20 turnovers to outscore the Flames off miscues, 28-9.
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