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Game Day Central: Lamar

December 18, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Lamar

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Liberty vs. Lamar game notes

Game Time:
8 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Big Red Sports Network

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WPLY 98.5/105.9 FM (Lynchburg)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York

The Game
Liberty (5-6) will head to Texas over the course of five days as they take on Lamar and Houston for its final two non-conference games before heading into Big South play. Liberty's five wins in non-conference is the most wins the program has reached before Big South play since the 2014-15 season when the Flames won six contests.

Matchup Notes
• Last year, Liberty suffered a 73-58 loss at home against Lamar on Dec. 12, 2015. The Cardinals' Nick Garth scored a game-high 22 points and is currently the second leading scorer on Lamar, averaging 11.3 points a game.

Quick Notes
• Liberty's 81-33 victory over Clarks Summit was the fewest points the Flames have allowed an opponent to score in school history, beating the previous by one point (34 vs. New England, 1/14/85).
• The 47-point victory over Clarks Summit was the first game the Flames played since sophomore Caleb Homesley suffered a season-ending injury.
Ryan Kemrite posted his sixth straight double-digit scoring game against Princeton on Dec. 10, leading the Flames with 16 points. Kemrite, who did not see playing time against Clark Summit last Friday, leads the Big South with a 50.0 percent three-point shooting percentage.
Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored a career-high 14 points on Dec. 10 against Princeton, helping him earn Big South Freshman of the Week honors.
• 2016 Big South Coach of the Year Ritchie McKay is in his fourth year as head coach at Liberty. McKay has posted a 41-14 (.746) record at the Vines Center.

Series History
Liberty vs. Lamar Series History:
(Lamar leads, 1-0)
All-Time Meetings:
Lamar 73, Liberty 58 (Dec. 12, 2015)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Ritchie McKay
Overall Record:  222-211 (15th season)
Record at Liberty: 57-53 (Fourth season)
Record vs. Lamar: 0-1

Lamar Head Coach: Tic Price
Overall Record: 125-97 (13th season)
Record at Lamar: 27-38 (Third season)
Record vs. Liberty: 1-0

Notes and Anecdotes – Lamar
• Liberty is the only school from the Big South Conference that Lamar has faced in its history.
• Lamar has not lost at home this year, going to 3-0 at the Montagne Center.

Team Talking Points:
• Against Clarks Summit, 10 of the 11 players that saw playing time on the court scored for the Flames
• Freshman Brock Gardner recorded his first career double-digit scoring game, scoring a career-high 18 points
• The Flames have suffered six setbacks this year with the six teams having posted a combined 35-19 record (VCU 8-3/S.O.S - #40; Indiana 8-2/S.O.S - #197; William & Mary 4-4/S.O.S - #129; UNCG 8-3/S.O.S. - #249; Furman 6-5/S.O.S. - #291; Princeton 4-5/S.O.S. - #140)
• Liberty is 0-3 on the road this season and is looking for its first non-conference road win since defeating Western Carolina, 63-62, on Dec. 31, 2012
• Liberty's wins over UMass Lowell and Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 21 and 23) marked the first time the Flames have defeated NCAA Division I non-conference opponents in consecutive games since November 2013
• In its five wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 47.4 percent from the field (129-of-272)
• In its six setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 39.5 percent from the floor (120-of-304)
• The Flames have shot better than 40 percent from three-point range in four of their five wins (41.4 percent vs. Carin; 43.8 percent vs. UMass Lowell; 53.8 percent vs. Mississippi Valley State; 19.2 percent vs. Central Penn; 44.4 percent vs. Clarks Summit)
• Liberty has shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line six times this year and currently ranks fifth in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (68.8 percent/143-of-208)
• Liberty is currently seventh in the Big South and ranks No. 321 out of 347 NCAA Division I schools in rebounding margin (-3.5 rpg)
• Liberty currently leads the Big South in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 63.3 points per game
• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in nine of 11 games this season and ranks second in the Big South in turnovers forced (15.3 per game)
• The Flames finished the Clarks Summit game with a season-best 38 points in the paint
• During its first 10 games of the season, Liberty was averaging 22.2 points per game in the paint
• The Flames made the most of Clarks Summit's 17 turnovers, scoring a season-best 22 points on the visiting team's miscues
• Flames Head Coach Ritchie McKay continues to utilize his bench well this year, averaging 12.81 players played per game (14 vs. Indiana; 13 vs. Cairn and Mississippi Valley State; 12 vs. UMass Lowell, UNCG and Princeton; 11 vs. VCU, William & Mary, Central Penn, Furman and Clarks Summit; 10 vs. UNCG)