Game Day Central Liberty Game Notes
The Game Following a pair of wins over the weekend, Liberty continues its four game homestand to open the 2015-16 season when it hosts William & Mary, Tuesday. The winner will take the lead in the all-time series, which is currently even at 4-4. The Tribe enters the matchup coming off an impressive 85-68 road win at NC State, Friday. Daniel Dixon led William & Mary with 19 points, while Omar Prewitt and Terry Tarpey had 17 and 11, respectively. Game time for Tuesday's contest is slated for 7 p.m. and will broadcast live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, ESPN3, MASN and the Big South Network.
Matchup Notes - Four current William & Mary players competed in the matchup against the Flames in Kaplan Arena two seasons ago (Nov. 12, 2013). Senior forward Terry Tarpey received a starting nod, finishing with 12 points, while Omar Prewitt had 18 tallies off the bench. Daniel Dixon and Sean Sheldon also appeared in the contest, chipping in three and four points, respectively. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Kemrite was the only current player on the Flames' 2013-14 roster, but did not appear in the contest.
- Liberty is starting 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in nearly 28 years and the first time in the program's Division I era. The Flames won the first four games of the 1986-87 season before starting the 1987-88 campaign with a 3-0 record.
- The Flames are looking to start the year 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. That year, Liberty began the campaign 4-0 inside the Vines Center, defeating Virginia-Wise, Tusculum. James Madison and Towson.
Look Back at Saturday - Liberty's 58.9 percent shooting performance on Saturday was its best since shooting 61.3 percent (38-of-62) versus Central Penn on Dec. 19, 2014.
- Liberty's 14 three-pointers tie the fourth best mark in program history and were the most by a Liberty squad in nearly seven years.
- The Flames' 13 steals Saturday night were the most since Liberty had 13 in a 91-73 win over Montreat on Dec. 20, 2011.
- Ryan Kemrite's career-high 22 points versus Summit marks the first 20-point performance by a Flame this season. The redshirt sophomore went 7-of-8 from the field, including 6-of-7 from downtown and tallied 14 points in the second half.
Notes and Anecdotes - During head coach Ritchie McKay's second season with the Flames (2008-09), Liberty hosted William & Mary in the Thanksgiving Classic. Seth Curry tallied 13 of his 21 points during two overtime periods, helping Liberty to a thrilling 80-74 double-overtime victory over the Tribe. Curry was clutch in the win, hitting a 27-foot three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the first overtime. During the second overtime, Liberty ended the contest with a 9-0 run, including six points from Curry to seal the contest. Along with Curry, three other players finished in double scoring figures – Anthony Smith (22), Kyle Ohman (13) and Jesse Sanders (11).
- Liberty is beginning the season with four straight home games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. That year, the Flames started the season with five consecutive contests inside the Vines Center, defeating Virginia-Wise, Tusculum. James Madison and Towson before dropping a 74-54 decision to Albany on Dec. 4, 2000. The Flames longest home streak to begin a season occurred during the 1982-83 campaign, when Liberty played eight straight games in the Schilling Center. That year, the Flames finished the season with a 23-9 record.
- Liberty is 16-41 all-time against current CAA members. The Flames are 0-2 versus College of Charleston, 1-1 against Delaware, 1-3 versus Drexel, 5-11 against Elon, 2-7 against James Madison, 0-4 against UNCW, 3-9 versus Towson and 4-4 against William & Mary.
- Ritchie McKay coached teams have only faced three current members of the CAA. McKay is 1-0 versus Northeastern, 0-1 against James Madison and 1-0 versus William & Mary.
Tee for Three The Flames' 14 made treys versus Summit were the most since Liberty knocked down 15 in a 95-80 win over Charleston Southern during the second season of head coach Ritchie McKay's first tenure with the Flames (Feb. 14, 2009). The 14 triples are also tied for fourth all-time in program history for a single game. In fact, five out of the six Liberty squads that have hit 14 more three-pointers in a game have been coached by Ritchie McKay. The one exception is the 1992-93 team that swished 14 treys against Averett on Dec. 18, 1993. McKay's 2008-09 team holds the school record with 17 trifectas versus VMI (March 4, 2008).
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