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MBB Game Day Central: Lamar

December 10, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Game Notes

The Game
Liberty (3-7) looks to snap a six-game skid on Saturday, as the Flames return to the Vines Center to face Lamar for the first-ever meeting with the Cardinals. Lamar (4-3) enters the contest coming off wins over UT Rio Grande Valley (83-60) and Idaho State (82-70). The matchup is part of a doubleheader, with the Lady Flames squaring off with Seton Hall at 5 p.m. Tipoff for the men's contest is slated for 2 p.m., with the game broadcasting live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, MASN, ESPN3 and the Big South Network.

Matchup Notes
- Evan Maxwell is currently fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.716) according to the NCAA national statistical rankings. The sophomore center is first in the conference in field goal percentage and double-doubles (3). Maxwell has also posted double-digit scoring figures in four straight contests.

- Lamar enters the contest well rested, having not played since defeating Idaho State last Saturday. However, the Cardinals will have a quick turnaround, as they head to Virginia Tech for a matchup with the Hokies on Sunday (3 p.m.). Meanwhile, Liberty is coming off a road trip to Furman on Tuesday, but will receive a five-day break from in-game action after Saturday. The Flames will play at Princeton on Thursday (7 p.m.).

- Liberty freshman guard Lovell Cabbil knows one player on the Lamar roster pretty well. A four-year letter winner at Mansfield Summit High School, Cabbil played alongside current Lamar freshman forward Terrance Hubby. Regarded as one of the top-10 forwards in Texas coming out of high school, Hubby was a two-time offensive player of the year, and former team MVP. Averaging 14 points and six rebounds in his senior year, Hubby also set the school record for blocks. Meanwhile, Cabbil finished his high school career as the school's all-time leading scorer. Cabbil earned district Co-MVP his senior year, averaging 21.4 points, 4.6 assists and 3.7 steals. Together, the duo guided Mansfield to a 21-7 record and its second straight 5A regional semifinals appearance. Cabbil is currently Liberty's second leading scorer (10.7 ppg) and team leader in steals (16). Hubby has appeared in two contests for the Cardinals, this season.

- In addition, Cabbil played AAU basketball with Lamar sophomore guard Kevin Booze and freshman guard Josh Nzeakor. Booze is third on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg. Cabbil has also previously played against freshman forward Dorian Chatman and freshman guard Nick Garth. Garth currently leads Cardinals in scoring (14.6 ppg).

- Lamar head coach Tic Price is no stranger to Liberty, having coached against the Flames during his tenure at McNeese State. Liberty hosted the Cowboys inside the Vines Center on Dec. 14, 2002, resulting in an 87-74 win for McNeese State. Three years later, the Flames squared off with the Cowboys inside Burton Memorial Coliseum. McNeese State defeated Liberty, 82-75.

- Tic Price also has Virginia ties, as he grew up about an hour south of Liberty's campus in Danville, Va. Price played collegiate basketball for VCU and Virginia Tech before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Roanoke College. The Cardinals square off with the Hokies on Sunday at 3 p.m. Liberty will play at VCU on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m.

- Earlier this season, Lamar played against Rice, falling to the Owls on the road, 92-84 (Nov. 25). Rice is the alma mater of Liberty assistant coach Omar Mance. A second-team All-WAC pick in 2003, Mance was named the Owls' MVP two straight years (2002-03).