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Liberty vs. William & Mary game notes
Game Time: 4 p.m. TV Coverage: Tribe Athletics TV Play-By-Play Broadcaster: TBA Color Commentator: TBA Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio WPLY 98.5 FM (Lynchburg) WLNI 105.9 FM (Lynchburg) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Nazigian
After playing four of its first five games at home this season, Liberty heads to Williamsburg, Va., to take on William & Mary, Saturday at 4 p.m. The contest will be the seventh time in as many seasons that the Flames and Tribe have met on the court.
Liberty (3-2) enters the game on the heels of back-to-back wins at home against UMass Lowell (84-77) and Mississippi Valley State (70-55) as part of the Indiana Classic. William & Mary (2-2) is coming off an 87-66 road setback at No. 6/3 Duke.
Matchup Notes • Liberty and William & Mary meet for the 10th time. The Tribe leads the series, 5-4, after winning the last four meetings in a row. • On Nov. 17, 2015, William & Mary defeated Liberty, 70-59, in the Vines Center, despite five Flames (Anthony Fields, A.C. Reid, Evan Maxwell, Ryan Kemrite and Lovell Cabbil) scoring in double figures.
Quick Notes • Liberty has hit 14 three-pointers in each of its last two games, leading to wins over UMass Lowell and Mississippi Valley State. Liberty has 40 treys in three wins this year. • Ryan Kemrite has scored 21 points during each of Liberty's last two games. Against UMass Lowell, he was 11-of-12 from the free throw line, while all 21 of his points came from behind the three-point arc against Mississippi Valley State (7-of-10). • Caleb Homesley led the Flames against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting. He scored 17 of 22 points during the second half of play while tying a career high in scoring. • Three Flames average double figures in points this season, including 2016 Preseason All-Big South first team member John Dawson (10.2 ppg), Ryan Kemrite (12.4 ppg) and Caleb Homesley (13.4 ppg). • 2016 Big South Coach of the Year Ritchie McKay is in his fourth year as head coach at Liberty, and second since returning to Lynchburg. In his time at Liberty (2007-09, 2015-present), McKay has posted a 55-49 overall record.
Series History Liberty vs. William & Mary Series History (William & Mary leads, 5-4) Last meeting: William & Mary 70, Liberty 59 (Nov. 17, 2015 - Lynchburg, Va.) Last Liberty win: Liberty 75, William & Mary 72 (Nov. 14, 2011 - Williamsburg, Va.)
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay Overall Record: 220-207 (15th season) Record at Liberty: 55-49 (Fourth season) Record vs. Mississippi Valley State: 1-0
William & Mary Head Coach: Tony Shaver Overall Record: 536-348 (31st season) Record at W & M: 178-227 (14th season) Record vs. Liberty: 5-3
Notes and Anecdotes – William & Mary • Two times in the series, a Liberty-William & Mary game has been decided by just one point. Liberty won the first-ever meeting, 62-61, at the Vines Center on Nov. 26, 2002, while William & Mary took a 65-64 decision in Lynchburg, Nov. 20, 2011. • Coach McKay is 1-1 all-time against William & Mary, with Anthony Smith (22 points) and Seth Curry (21) leading Liberty to an 80-74, double-overtime victory over the Tribe, Nov. 28, 2008 in Lynchburg.
Team Talking Points: • The Flames have posted a 3-1 record at home this season following wins over UMass Lowell (84-77) and Mississippi Valley State (70-55) earlier this week as part of the Indiana Classic • For the second game in a row, Liberty connected on 14 three-point field goals, shooting 53.8 percent from behind the arc against Mississippi Valley State (14-of-26) • Liberty currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 17 in the country, averaging 10.4 three-point field goals per game (52-of-134/38.8 percent) • Last year, Liberty finished 12 out of 32 games connecting on 10 or more three-pointers • The Flames shot a season-best 54.2 percent from the floor against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday, connecting on 26-of-48 shot attempts from the floor • In its three wins this season, Liberty shot a combined 49.1 percent from the field (80-of-163) • In its two setbacks this year, Liberty shot a combined 33.3 percent from the floor (36-of-108) • The Flames have struggled at the free throw line two out of their last three games, shooting 35.7 percent against Indiana (5-of-14) and 44.4 percent against Mississippi Valley State (4-of-9) [In between the two performances, Liberty shot 78.6 percent from the line against UMass Lowell (22-of-28)] • The Flames have been outrebounded in three of their last four games and currently rank last in the Big South in rebounding average (28.8 rebounds per game) • Liberty's opponents have continued to shoot the ball well against the Flames (47.9 percent/115-of-240) after MVSU finished Wednesday's game shooting 46.7 percent from the floor (21-of-45) • Liberty currently ranks in 10th in the Big South in field goal percentage defense with its last four opponents shot higher than 45.0 percent from the floor • Despite the high shooting percentage, Liberty has held its opponents to 67.2 points per game this year, which ranks third in the Big South in scoring defense • Liberty tied a season high with 21 assists on 26 made field goals against Mississippi Valley State • The Flames currently ranks second in the Big South in assists per game (15.0) despite not having a single player individually rank in the conference's top-10 assists per game standings • Liberty finished with 21 assists to 13 turnovers against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday and currently ranks first in the Big South and No. 17 in the country in turnover margin (+5.8) • The Flames have forced opponents to turn the ball over 94 times in five games and currently ranks No. 15 in the country in turnovers forced (18.8 per game)
Notable Player Points: • Flames Head Coach Ritchie McKay continues to utilize his bench well this year, averaging 12.6 players per game (13 vs. Cairn; 11 vs. VCU; 14 vs. Indiana; 12 vs. UMass Lowell; 13 vs. MVSU) • Caleb Homesley tied a career high with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting against Mississippi Valley State, matching his 22-point effort against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 27, 2016 • After hitting 7-of-10 three-point field goal attempts against Mississippi Valley State, Ryan Kemrite currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 18 in the country in three-point field goal shooting percentage (14-of-24/58.3 percent) • After scoring in double figures in 17 of 21 games last year, Preseason All-Big South honoree John Dawson has been held to single digits two out of the last three games (two points vs. Indiana; five points vs. Mississippi Valley State)
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