Game Day Central Liberty Game Notes
Matchup Notes - Redshirt sophomore guard John Dawson made his Liberty debut on Thursday against Princeton, receiving the starting nod and finishing with 15 points and four assists in 24 minutes of action. The Clovis, N.M., native missed the first 11 games due the NCAA transfer rule, after transferring from Marquette to Liberty midway through the 2014-15 campaign.
- Evan Maxwell is currently second in the nation in field goal percentage (.723) according to the NCAA national statistical rankings. The sophomore center is coming off a 22-point performance against Princeton. Maxwell has also posted double-digit scoring figures in five straight contests.
- Seven players on the Terriers' active roster played against the Flames, last season. Current leading scorer Tyreek Jewell (11.9 ppg) finished with seven points. St. Francis Brooklyn's leading rebounder Amdy Fall chipped in 14 points and 10 boards off the bench.
- Ryan Kemrite, Evan Maxwell, A.C. Reid and Ezra Talbert all saw action in last year's contest with the Terriers. The trio of Kemrite, Maxwell and Talbert combined for just nine minutes of playing time and zero points. Reid finished with eight points in 14 minutes of action.
- Sunday's matchup marks the first time the Flames have competed in the Pope Physical Education Center in over 25 years. The Terriers defeated Liberty in the facility in the teams' inaugural meeting, 63-51 (Dec. 17, 1990). The arena was completed in 1971, the same year Liberty was founded.
Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty and St. Francis Brooklyn first met inside the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., on Dec. 17, 1990. The Terriers took the contest, 63-50. Mike Coleman paced the Flames with 11 points, while Julius Nwosu had nine points and 13 rebounds.
- The two teams met two months later that season inside the Vines Center (first season inside the facility). The Terriers edged the Flames, 71-67. Coleman concluded the night with 22 points for the Flames.
Last Time vs. St. Francis - Down by as much 12 points in the second half, the Flames made it a four-point game in the closing minutes. Guided by 16-point efforts from Jalen Cannon and Brent Jones, the Terriers held off the Flames for the 65-54 victory.
- Theo Johnson led the Flames with 11 points. Andrew Smith chipped in 10 points and six boards, while Peter Moller also had 10 tallies. A.C. Reid had eight points off the bench. James Johnson finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
- The Flames were without leading scorer Tomasz Gielo (12.3 ppg), who was sidelined due to a stress reaction in his foot.
- Liberty shot 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from the field, compared to 35.5 percent (22-of-62) for the Terriers. St. Francis Brooklyn outrebounded the Flames, 43-34, including 20-10 on the offensive glass. Thanks in part to their rebounding efforts, the Terriers outscored Liberty on second chance points, 20-5. The visitors also capitalized on turnovers, outpointing the Flames off miscues, 22-11.
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