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Liberty Kicks Off Paradise Jam at Home Against Mercer

November 15, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty is set to host the Paradise Jam from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 at the Vines Center this weekend. To kick off the tournament on Friday, Liberty will host Mercer in the first of 12 games to be played in Lynchburg this weekend.

In conjunction with the tournament, Liberty University will donate all of the tournament gate receipts to the humanitarian relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to assist with the recovery due to the hurricane destruction. The tournament will be streamed by FloHoops with Andy Katz on the call.

2017 Paradise Jam Ticketing Information:
- All-Session Tickets (12 games): $70 - Purchase Tickets 
- Individual Session Tickets (Two games each session): $20 - Purchase Tickets
- Flames Ticket Office: (434) 582-SEAT (7328) -
- College students (with a valid college ID) and younger admitted free with a Hurricane Relief donation

Hurricane Relief Donation Items:
Baby Diapers
• Baby Wipes
• Dried Beans
• Dried Rice

Liberty Notables

  • Liberty ranks No. 30 in scoring defense in the country allowing 54.0 points per game.

  • Liberty snapped its losing streak losing 22 straight DI non-conference road games with a win at Wake Forest (Dec. 31, 2012 at Western Carolina).

  • Liberty beat an ACC opponent for the first time since Nov. 15, 2008 at Virginia (86-82), during McKay's first stint at Liberty.

  • The Flames' win over Liberty was the Big South's first win over an ACC opponent since Dec. 7, 2014 when Radford beat Virginia Tech 68-66.

  • Scottie James recorded 14 rebounds at Wake Forest, the most at Liberty since JR Coronado grabbed 16 boards on Dec. 28, 2012 vs. Union College.

  • Ryan Kemrite and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz were named to the Big South's Preseason Second Team.

  • Ryan Kemrite started the season 145 points away from 1,000 career points, ranking 27th on Liberty's all-time scoring list and currently has 875 career points.

  • Liberty freshmen trio (Elijah Cuffee, Keegan McDowell and Isaiah Williams) have combined to average 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the first two games of the season.

  • Mercer ranks No. 16 in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll

  • In the Mid-Major Top 25 poll, Liberty received 12 votes.

  • Ritchie McKay was made chairman of the Mid-Major Top 25 voting panel for the 2017-18 season.

  • Liberty faces five teams this season that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the Mid-Major Top 25.