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MBB Game Day Central: Princeton

December 15, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Game Notes

Matchup Notes
- This season marks the third straight meeting between the Flames and the Tigers and the second inside Jadwin Gym. Liberty hosted Princeton during the 2013-14 campaign, falling to the Tigers, 80-74 (Jan. 4, 2014). Last season, Princeton welcomed Liberty to Jadwin Gym, defeating the Flames, 65-47 (Dec. 22, 2014).

- When looking at Liberty's active returners, Ryan Kemrite, Evan Maxwell and A.C. Reid each appeared in last year's matchup against the Tigers, but did not score a point. The only current Flame on the roster during the squad's first meeting in the 2013-14 season was Kemrite, who redshirted that year.

- Conversely, nine members of Princeton's current roster matched up with the Flames, last season. Steven Cook led the charge for the Tigers, finishing with 16 points, while Spencer Weisz chipped in 13 tallies.

- Evan Maxwell is currently second in the nation in field goal percentage (.727) 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.

Youth Movement
The Flames will rely heavily on fresh faces this season, as Liberty returns just 16.5 percent of its scoring, 13 percent of its rebounding and 13 percent of its total assists from last year.

In addition, Liberty sports one of the youngest rosters in NCAA Division I, this season, with 11 out of 12 players being underclassmen (approximately 92 percent). The Flames are comprised of six freshmen and five sophomores.

Youngest Programs in NCAA Division I - Based on Percentage of Underclassmen
Liberty - 92%

Ohio State - 85%
Fairleigh Dickinson - 85%
Wyoming - 80%

Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to coaching at Princeton, head coach Mitch Henderson served as an assistant at Northwestern for 11 seasons (2000-11) under Bill Carmody. During Henderson's time there, the Wildcats hosted the Flames on Nov. 24, 2009. The contest served as part of the Chicago Invitational and resulted in a 69-53 win for the Wildcats.

- Besides Princeton, Liberty has played just one other Ivy League member in program history. The Flames squared off with Yale on Jan. 8, 2000, defeating the Bulldogs, 67-55. Liberty used a 13-0 run to start the second half to seal the win. Delawn Grandison led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Maurice Watkins, who had 16 tallies.

- Princeton sophomore Aaron Young is a native of Falls Church, Va., and played at Virginia Episcopal School (VES) in Lynchburg, Va. Averaging 13.3 ppg last season, Young was a First-team All-Virginia Independent Conference Division I honoree in 2014 while leading VES to the VIC state semifinals and earning all-tournament honors. Current Liberty graduate assistant Stelios Tzoutzis is also an alum of VES. The native of Greece came to Lynchburg to play for the Fighting Bishops beginning in 2004. Tzoutzis returned to VES as an assistant in 2011, where helped the team win its first state championship in school history. VES is located approximately nine miles from Liberty's campus.

- Princeton is coming off a 78-64 win over Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. The Flames spent the week of Thanksgiving in the capital of country music, competing in the Challenge in Music City inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium (Nov. 26-29). Liberty squared off against Appalachian State, Western Michigan and Tulane, dropping all three contests.