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Men's Hoops Host Cincinnati Christian Today

December 28, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jesse Sanders and the Flames host Cincinnati Christian today. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Jesse Sanders and the Flames host Cincinnati Christian today. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

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Game Preview
The Liberty Flames return home for their final non-conference contest before the Big South Conference play resumes, when the Cincinnati Christian Golden Eagles invade the Vines Center, Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.

The contest will be televised on the Flames Sports Network, with Ray Jones providing the play-by-play, Tim Scarborough adding the color analysis and Donna Barber roaming the sidelines. There will be a radio broadcast of both games, which will air on the Flames Sports Network (fl agship WRVL 88.3 FM), with Jerry Edwards providing the play-by-play for his 28th season. 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.

Recent Results
The Flames enter today's contest on the heels of two straight wins going into Christmas. The Flames won both of its neutral site games in Las Vegas, Nev., on Monday and Tuesday. Liberty topped Big Sky foe Northern Colorado on Monday, 75-70, behind a career-high 30 points from Seth
Curry and 23 points from Anthony Smith. On Tuesday the Flames topped Atlantic Sun foe USC Upstate, 77-64. Smith tallied a game-high 21 points in the victory.

Both wins in Vegas came days after two heartbreaking setbacks at Saint Louis (70-73) on Dec. 19 and at DePaul (64-63) on Dec. 17. Both those games served as the opening rounds of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic. Prior to the DePaul loss, Liberty hosted a non-conference victory
over Anderson, Dec. 15, inside the Vines Center. Curry tallied 22 points in 19 minutes of action. Johnny Stephene poured in 14 points in the winning effort. Prior to the Anderson contest, Liberty dropped a heartbreaker at ACC foe Clemson, 80-75, on Dec. 7. Liberty led by 12 points with
seven minutes left in the game. K.C. River tallied a game-high 32 points for Clemson in the comeback win. Seth Curry poured in 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the losing effort.
Chris Summers, a wide receiver on the Liberty football team, joined the squad on Dec. 10.

Liberty in the State of Nevada
Participating this past week in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic, Liberty played in the state of Nevada for the fi rst time in program history. However, Liberty left Las Vegas still never playing a Nevada-based program.

Liberty vs. Cincinnati Christian
Liberty leads the all-time series record with the Golden Eagles, 2-0. The Flames won the last meeting on Nov. 21, 2006 inside the Vines Center, 101-65. As a sophomore Anthony Smith tallied what was then a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while dishing out four assists. Tyler Baker made his fi rst and only collegiate start that night as a redshirt freshman. Baker tallied eight points and pulled down six rebounds, marking the first markers and caroms of his collegiate career. Kyle Ohman also scored his fi rst collegiate points in the contest, four, on 1-of-2 shooting. The Flames also topped the Golden Eagles on Nov. 21, 2005, inside the Vines Center, 88-54. The contest was Smith's fi rst collegiate game inside the Vines Center. The Plano, Texas native scored four points and grabbed three rebounds during his fi rst collegiate game in front of the home crowd.

All-Time Series Results
Nov. 21, 2006 W (101-65) Lynchburg
Nov. 21, 2005 W (88-54) Lynchburg

Current Golden Eagles versus Liberty
Jake Santel started in the last contest between these two schools on Nov. 21, 2006. Santel tallied 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, while pulling down six rebounds. Tommy McGuire notched four points in 17 minutes of action off the bench, while Michael Smith tallied one marker in seven minutes of
action.

Curry Scores 30 Points and another Liberty First
Seth Curry scored 30 points on Monday against Northern Colorado, marking the first freshman in the Liberty Division I era to score at least 30 points. Only one other freshman in the Liberty annals has accomplished the feat and that was George Sweet during the fi rst year of the program, the 1972-73 season. Sweet tallied 30 points on the nose on three separate occasions.

Eyeing 10 Wins
If Liberty defeats Cincinnati Christian on Sunday it will mark the fi rst time in program history the Flames will have 10 wins before New Years. This is the fourth time the program has managed nine wins before New Years. The other seasons were 1979-80, 1983-84 and 1996-97.

Smith Eyeing the 1,000 Pt/500 Rebound Club
Anthony Smith needs 68 more rebounds to become the 36th player in Big South history to score at least 1,000 career points and grab 500 career rebounds. Smith will become the ninth player in program history to accomplish the feat and the fourth in the Division I era.

Curry Top Scoring Freshman in the Nation
Seth Curry's 26-point performance at Virginia on Nov. 25 pushed his points per game average to 22.3, bypassing the Cavaliers' Sylven Landesberg (22.0) as the nation's top scoring true freshman. Curry is currently the only freshman in the Top 50 in scoring and is No. 28 overall at 20.4 ppg.