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Men's Hoops Host High Point Tonight

January 26, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Men's Hoops host High Point tonight, inside the Vines Center.

Men's Hoops host High Point tonight, inside the Vines Center.

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Liberty concludes its three-game homestand, as they host the High Point Panther, Saturday night, inside the Vines Center. The Big South Conference match-up is set to tip-off at 9 p.m.

Saturday's contest will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and the Flames Television Network with Ray Jones providing play-by-play, Tim Scarborough adding color commentary and Samantha Steele patrolling the sidelines. There will also be a radio broadcast that 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 LibertyFlames.com will be available. There will also be a live video stream of the broadcast via the Big South EDGE, available on BigSouthSports.com.

Liberty Update
The Flames enter tonight's contest coming off two-straight conference wins, the most recent a 78-59 victory over Coastal Carolina. TeeJay Bannister broke his own Vines Center record with 15 assists and Alex McLean collected his seventh double-double, tallying 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The Flames opened the homestand with a 79-63 victory over Charleston Southern on Jan. 19. Anthony Smith paced all scorers with 22 points, while McLean chipped in 16 points and Bannister dished-out eight assists and tallied 13 points. B.J. Jenkins contributed 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds in the victory.

The win snapped a mini two-game slide to start the conference schedule.
On Jan. 15 the Flames experienced a 55-48 setback at Winthrop, marking the first time since the 2004-05 season that Liberty started Big South play 0-2. Liberty dropped its Big South opener, 74-70, at the hands of UNC Asheville on Jan. 12, inside the Justice Center.

Liberty versus High Point
Tonights's contest marks the 20th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Liberty leads the series, 11-8. Liberty is 9-1 against the Panthers inside the Vines Center, including winning six straight. Only twice has a team swept the season series. Liberty went 3-0 in the series during the 2004 season, concluding with a 89-44 victory in the Big South Championship game. High Point swept the 2001 series, which included the Panther's lone win in the Vines Center.

In the series' last meeting, Dwight Brewington tallied 28 points and seven rebounds, leading Liberty to the 96-79 victory on Feb. 3, 2007.

All-Time Series Results

Feb. 3, 2007 W (96-79) Lynchburg
Jan. 17, 2007 L (71-77) High Point, N.C.
Feb. 25, 2006 L (49-78) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 3, 2006 W (93-80) Lynchburg
Feb.2, 2005 W (86-81) Lynchburg

Jan. 5, 2005 L (56-73) High Point, N.C.
Mar. 6, 2004 W (89-44) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 2004 W (67-56) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 10, 2004 W (79-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 2003 L (68-72) High Point, N.C.
Jan. 9, 2003 W (74-70) Lynchburg
Feb. 16, 2002 L (98-99) ** High Point, N.C.
Jan. 24, 2002 L (58-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 17, 2001 W (77-72) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 2001 W (65-61) High Point, N.C.

Feb. 16, 2000 L (65-71) High Point, N.C.
Feb. 1, 2000 W (88-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 13, 1999 W (72-55) Lynchburg

Jan. 23, 1999 L (89-93) * High Point, N.C.
* - Overtime Game
** - Double Overtime Game

The Liberty/High Point Connection
High Point head coach Bart Lundy served as an assistant under Liberty assistant coach Dale Layer at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Lundy took over the head coaching job at Queens when Layer left to assist Ritchie McKay at Colorado State in 1998.

Current Flames With Notable Games Versus High Point
Alex McLean (16 points and 10 rebounds vs. HPU, Feb. 3, 2007)
B.J. Jenkins (12 points and four assists vs. HPU, Feb. 3, 2007)
Alex McLean (15 points and 14 rebounds at HPU, Jan. 17, 2007)
Rell Porter (13 points and 12 rebounds vs. HPU, Jan. 3, 2006)

Alex McLean vs. High Point
Senior Alex McLean has played two career games against the Panthers and each time he has collected a double-double. McLean is averaging 15.5 points and 12 rebounds per game against High Point.

McKay versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay is 3-2 all-time against the Big South Conference. Two of the three victories have come against Charleston Southern. The first came last season when McKay's Lobo team at New Mexico defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69. The second was on Jan. 19.

Liberty Notches 10th Win of Season
On Monday the Flames notched their 10th win in what was their 19th game of the season. This is the quickest a Liberty team has reached 10 wins since Mel Hankinson's 2000 squad accomplished double-figure wins in their 13th game. It took Liberty's 2004 Big South Championship team 22 games to reach the 10-win mark.

TeeJay Bannister Dropping Dimes
TeeJay Bannister has dished out 63 assists over his past six games as compared to 17 turnovers. Over the six-game stretch, he is averaging 10.5 assists versus 2.8 turnovers per game.

TeeJay Bannister and His Assists on a National Level
TeeJay Bannister currently ranks No. 2 nationally in assists, dropping 7.6 dimes per contest. Six of Bannister's contemporaries in the Top 30 have or will face Liberty this season. Tied at No. 2 with Bannister is High Point's Mike Jefferson (7.6), No. 6 is East Carolina's Darrell Jenkins (6.9), No. 13 is Radford's Amir Johnson (6.3), No. 25 is UNC Asheville's K.J. Garland (5.9), No. 28 is Fresno State's Kevin Bell (5.8) and at No. 30 is Niagara's Anthony Nelson (5.6).

Bannister's friend and former teammate at Virginia, Sean Singletary (6.6) is making the list at No. 10.

Anthony Smith Reaches 900 Career Points
With 15 points on Monday versus Coastal Carolina, Anthony Smith became the 20th player in program history, and the ninth since Liberty moved to Division I, to score 900 career points. Every player in program history who has scored at least 900 career points went on to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Next on the Scoring List for Anthony Smith
With 907 career points, Anthony Smith sits 20th all-time in Liberty annals for scoring, having passed Gabe Martin (890) with his 22-point performance on Jan. 19 versus Charleston Southern. Next on the list is Mike Minett (1,001), who owns the 19th spot on Liberty's career scoring list. Minett was a three-year letterwinner from 1985-87.

TeeJay Bannister Rewriting History
TeeJay Bannister held the Vines Center record for assists in a game for a total of 13 days before breaking it his own mark. Bannister dished out 15 assists on Monday versus Coastal Carolina, breaking his previous Vines Center record of 13, which was set on Jan. 8, vs. Kentucky Christian.

Bannister's 15 assists matched Matt Hildebrand's Liberty Division I record for assists in a game. Hildebrand dished out 15 assists at Winthrop on Jan. 13, 1993. The school record is 20 by Kenny Gunn, against Roberts Wesleyan on Dec. 30, 1983.