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Liberty vs. Central Penn game notes
Game Time: 7 p.m. Official Tipoff: 7:05 p.m.
TV Coverage: Big South Network Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner Color Commentator: Paul Nazigian Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio WPLY 98.5 FM WLNI 105.9 FM Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
The Game Liberty (3-3) will play its fifth home game of the season on Tuesday night, hosting Central Penn (7-2) at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. This is the third year in a row that the Knights will play in the Vines Center. The Flames have gone 3-1 at home this season, and are coming off of a 79-70 loss at William & Mary on Saturday. Central Penn is 7-2 overall, averaging 91.9 points per contest overall.
Matchup Notes • Liberty and Central Penn will meet for the third time all-time. The Knights will face their second Big South opponent this year, falling to Radford, 91-69, on Nov. 16. • Liberty has defeated Central Penn in convincing fashion each of the last two years at the Vines Center, winning by an average score of 90-57 while hitting 55.2 percent of its field goals. The Flames have scored 100 points in the paint combined in two all-time meetings.
Quick Notes • Liberty made 14 three-pointers in back-to-back games last week against UMass Lowell and Mississippi Valley State, tying the program record for three-pointers (28) in back-to-back games. • Liberty has hit 10 or more three-pointers in each of its last three games, the fourth time in program history that the Flames have posted three straight games with 10 or more made three-point field goals. No Liberty team has ever hit 10+ threes in four straight games. • Caleb Homesley (22 points) and Ryan Kemrite (21) both scored over 20 points in a 70-55 win over Mississippi Valley State last Wednesday. It was the first time since Feb. 2, 2016 versus Winthrop that two Flames scored 20 points in the same game. • John Dawson tied his season high with 15 points on Saturday at William & Mary, adding a season-high seven assists and a career-high five blocked shots. • 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 55-50 overall record.
Series History Liberty vs. Central Penn Series History (Liberty leads, 2-0) Liberty 86, Central Penn 50 (Nov. 21, 2015 - Lynchburg, Va.) Liberty 94, Central Penn 65 (Dec. 19, 2014 - Lynchburg, Va.)
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay Overall Record: 220-208 (15th season) Record at Liberty: 55-50 (Fourth season) Record vs. Central Penn: 1-0
Central Penn Head Coach: David Archer Overall Record: 7-2 (First season) Record at Central Penn: 7-2 (First season) Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes – Central Penn • Liberty big men have fared very well against Central Penn, as James Johnson went 9-for-10 from the field with 20 points in a 94-65 win on Dec. 19, 2014. Last year, Evan Maxwell scored 21 points, shooting 9-of-13, while adding 13 rebounds. • Current Flame A.C. Reid has scored in double-figures each time he has faced Central Penn, including a then career-high 16 points in last year's meeting. Similarly, the Knights' Tyree Tucker has scored in double-figures each meeting with Liberty, including a team-high 17 points last year.
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) last week as part of the Indiana Classic • Liberty's wins over UMass Lowell and Mississippi Valley State last week marked the first time the Flames have defeated NCAA Division I non-conference opponents in consecutive games since November 2013 • Liberty is coming off a 79-70 setback at William & Mary, last Saturday, where the team erased a 10-point second half deficit to tie the game at 66-66 with 3:02 left, but were outscored 13-4 during the final three minutes of the game • The Flames finished the William & Mary game 10-of-26 from three-point range (38.5 percent), marking the third game in a row and fourth this season where Liberty connected on 10 or more three-pointers • Liberty currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 14 in the country, averaging 10.3 three-point field goals per game (62-of-160/38.8 percent) • Last year, Liberty finished 12 out of 32 games connecting on 10 or more three-pointers • The Flames shot better from the field last week, connected on 46.4 percent (71-of-153) of the attempts from the floor in three games after struggling against VCU (38.6 percent/17-of-44) and Indiana (29.7 percent/19-of-64) the week prior • In its three wins this season, Liberty shot a combined 49.1 percent from the field (80-of-163) • In its three setbacks this year, Liberty shot a combined 36.8 percent from the floor (57-of-155) • After struggling from the free throw line two out of three games prior to the William & Mary matchup, the Flames shot 75.0 percent from the line against the Tribe (18-of-24) • Shots from the charity stripe played a large factor in the game against William & Mary with the two teams combining for 65 free throw attempts in the game (W&M – 28-of-41/68.3 percent; LU – 18-of-24/75.0 percent) • A majority of Liberty's attempts from the free throw line against William & Mary came during the second half, as the Flames were 16-of-21 from the line during the final 20 minutes of play • William & Mary became the fourth team in six games to outrebound the Flames, finishing the contest with a 18-rebound edge (43-25) • Liberty is currently tied for ninth in the Big South and ranks No. 329 out of 351 NCAA Division I schools in rebounding margin (-9.0 rpg) • William & Mary finished the game shooting 40.7 percent from the floor (22-of-54), the second lowest field goal shooting percentage of a Liberty opponent this season • Liberty currently ranks in ninth in the Big South in field goal percentage defense (46.6 percent) with four out of six opponents having shot higher than 45.0 percent from the floor • Despite allowing a high shooting percentage, Liberty has held its opponents to 69.2 points per game this year, which ranks third in the Big South in scoring defense • The Flames currently rank third in the Big South in assists per game (14.6) despite only one player individually rank in the conference's top-10 assists per game standings (John Dawson ranks sixth – 3.17 apg) • Liberty has finished with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio the last three games and currently ranks second in the Big South and No. 32 in the country in turnover margin (+4.33) • The Flames have forced opponents to turn the ball over 102 times in six games and currently ranks No. 32 in the country in turnovers forced (17.0 per game) • Caleb Homesley (22 points) and Ryan Kemrite (21) both scored 20+ points last Wednesday against Mississippi Valley State. The last time two Flames scored 20 or more in the same game was Feb. 2, 2016, when John
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