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Men's Hoops Hosts Presbyterian Tonight

December 4, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty plays host to Presbyterian tonight, inside the Vines Center, at 8:15 p.m.

Liberty plays host to Presbyterian tonight, inside the Vines Center, at 8:15 p.m.

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Game Preview
Liberty concludes a three-game homestand when the Presbyterian Blue Hose enter the confines of the Vines Center on Tuesday evening. Tip-off is slated for 8:15 p.m., or thirty minutes following the Liberty Lady Flames intra-state rivalry match-up with James Madison, which is the first contest of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Tonight's game serves as a preview of the future. Presbyterian is currently in its first year transitioning from Division II to Division I. Presbyterian will be joining the Big South Conference beginning next season as part of the conference schedule. The Blue Hose will not be eligible for conference championships till the 2010-11 academic year.

Tuesday's contest will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing play-by-play. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. The game will be televised on the Flames Television Network (Liberty Channel) with Ray Jones and Tim Scarborough calling the action. Samantha Steele will report from the sidelines. Additionally, an Internet video webcast on the will be available (a Big South EDGE subscription is required).

Liberty Update
Liberty enters tonight's contest on the heels of its second-straight victory, an 86-81 triumph over Niagara on Saturday, a team that has three-straight postseason appearances (two NCAA, one NIT) to its credit. Anthony Smith connected on a three-point bucket with 23 seconds remaining, putting Liberty ahead for good. B.J. Jenkins tallied a career-high 24 points in the victory.

Prior to Saturday's victory, Liberty rolled to a 91-67 home victory over Longwood on Nov. 27. Alex McLean tallied a season-high 33 points, a national high for the day, while pulling down 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Liberty versus Presbyterian
Tonight's contest is the third all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Presbyterian leads the series, 2-0. Both contests of the series took place during the 1978-79 campaign. Liberty fell at home on Nov. 20, 1978, by a score of 74-60. The Blue Hose were victorious once again in Clinton, S.C., when Liberty fell in overtime, 95-91, in Presbyterian's New Year's Classic on Jan. 5, 1979.

All-Time Series Results
Jan. 5, 1979 L (91-95) * Clinton, S.C.
Nov. 20, 1978 L (60-74) Lynchburg

* - Overtime game

Last Time Liberty and Presbyterian Met on the Hardwood
The last time Liberty and Presbyterian met on the hardwod none of the current players on either team were born. Two assistant coaches for Presbyterian (Justin Smith & Quinton Ferrell) and one for Liberty (Jason Eaker) had not yet been born when the Flames and Blue Hose last battled in men's hoops.

Alex McLean and His Three-Point Shot
Alex McLean has three career three-point field goals. All three buckets have come at Longwood's expense. McLean has gone 1-of-1 from behind the arc in each of his three appearances against the Lancers.

Alex McLean Scores 30
Alex McLean's 33 points on Nov. 27 against Longwood tied for the sixth-best scoring performance by a Flame inside the Vines Center. His performance matched former teammate Larry Blair's output against UNC Asheville on Feb. 6, 2006.

TeeJay Bannister Lending an Assist
TeeJay Bannister is dishing out 6.1 assists per game this year. The average is the highest by a Flame since Kenny Gunn registered 6.5 helpers during the 1983-84 campaign. Bannister wasn't born until the June following that season. Currently Bannister's assist average is the highest of any senior in program history, nudging Karl Hess and his 5.5 average in 1980, from the top spot.

TeeJay Bannister Approaches 300-Career Assists
TeeJay Bannister currently has 281 assists in his collegiate career. Bannister registered 238 during his three years at Virginia. The senior currently has 43 helpers for the Flames this season.

Liberty Shooting Well
The Flames have shot 59.6 percent (62-of-104) from the floor during their last two games, both of which were home wins. Liberty has also hit 50.0 percent (20-of-40) of its attempts from behind the three-point arc during the same span. Saturday's game against Niagara was the first time this season Liberty eclipsed the 60-percent shooting mark. During Liberty's first six games, the team shot 40.6 percent from the floor and 29.0 percent from three-point range. Liberty was 2-4 during that span.

Matching a Record
Anthony Smith tied a Vines Center record with his seven three-point field goals against Longwood on Nov. 27. Smith matched former teammate Larry Blair, who set the mark when he made seven against High Point on March 6, 2004.

Anthony Smith Sets Another Record
Anthony Smith set a Big South single-game record shooting 87.5 percent from three-point range versus Longwood (7-of-8) on Nov. 27. The conference record is based on a minimum seven three-point field goals made.

Anthony Smith Reaches 700-Career Points
Junior Anthony Smith became the 28th player in Liberty history to score 700 career points when he tallied 23 points against Longwood on Nov. 27. Smith currently has 735 career markers.

Anthony Smith has 800-Career Points in His Sights
At his current pace (13.5 ppg), Anthony Smith will become the 23rd player in Liberty history to score 800 career points when the Flames face off at George Mason, Dec. 30.