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Curry Breaks Three Records in LU Defeat

February 21, 2009  Norfolk, Va.  RSS
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Seth Curry broke three records in Liberty's defeat at Old Dominion on Saturday.

Seth Curry broke three records in Liberty's defeat at Old Dominion on Saturday.

Liberty freshman Seth Curry scored 24 points and broke two program records and one Big South mark on Saturday, but it was not enough as the Flames (20-9, 11-5 BSC) fell to the Old Dominion Monarchs (18-9, 10-6 CAA), inside the Ted Constant Center, 80-56, as part of the ESPNU BracketBuster series.

The Flames are now 0-2 all-time in the ESPNU BracketBuster series. Liberty fell at Niagara, 90-81, on Feb. 17, 2007, in the Flames' first appearance in the series.

Curry connected on four three-point buckets, giving the freshman 88 on the year, breaking teammate Anthony Smith's mark of 84 set a season ago. Curry also bettered Coastal Carolina's Jack Leasure's freshman three-point field goal record of 85 set in 2005.

Curry also finished the contest 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, giving him 38 makes in a row from the line. The streak breaking Karl Hess (1980) and Matt Hildebrand's (1992) program record of 37 straight made free throws. Curry last missed a free throw against Radford on Jan. 24.

Things started quickly for the Flames, as Curry nailed a trey on Liberty's first possession at 19:40, giving the Flames an early 3-0 lead. Old Dominion would answer quickly, scoring the next seven points and taking a 7-3 lead. Ben Finney's trey at 17:06 finished off the Monarchs run.

Curry hit another three-pointer at 16:42, cutting the Liberty deficit to one point, 7-6. Curry's jumper at 15:40 trimmed the deficit to two points, 10-8, following an old-fashioned three-point play by Kent Bazemore to extend the Monarchs' lead to four points.

A three-point bucket by Keyon Carter and another field goal by Finney at 13:50, finished off 10 straight points for the Monarchs. Liberty counterpunched with 12 straight points to tie the game at 20-20. During the Liberty run, Tyler Baker started things off with a trey, followed by four straight Johnny Stephene markers. Anthony Smith hit a trey, quickly followed by a Kyle Ohman layup, capping the run at 10:58.

Old Dominion retook the lead, 29-23, after back-to-back Gerald Lee buckets, followed by a Darius James three. Lee capped the 9-2 jaunt with a layup off a Marsharee Neely dime. Liberty battled back, taking a one point lead, 30-29, after an Ohman bucket at 3:16 finished a 7-0 run at 3:16.

A Finney trifecta at 2:15 pushed Old Dominion up by two points, 34-32, but Curry would retort with 51 seconds left, tying the game with a back door layup at 34-34. The Monarchs went into the intermission up two points, 36-34, following a Gerald Less layup with six seconds left.

Liberty connected on 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from the floor in the opening stanza, including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three-point land.

Old Dominion hit an efficient 51.7 percent (15-of-29) of its first half shots, including 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from beyond the arc.

The Monarchs shot out of the gate to start the second half, taking a nine point lead, 46-37. Three layups by Old Dominion capped the 11-3 run. Lee finished the layup bonanza at 16:16

Smith scored four straight points, including an ally opp on a Baker pass at 14:11, capping the mini Liberty run and cutting the Old Dominion lead to five points, 46-41. But that would be as close Liberty would get the rest of the way.

The Monarchs extended their advantage to 14 points, 59-45, via a 13-4 run, capped by a Neely trey at 10:52. A Finey layup and two Lee buckets extended the Monarch advantage up to 18 points, 65-47, with 7:46 left to play in the contest.

Lee's jumper at 2:21 gave Old Dominion a 24 points lead, 78-54, completing a 13-6 burst. The bucket gave the Old Dominion junior his 1,000 career point. The Monarchs would hold the 24 point lead to the game's end, taking home the 80-56 triumph.

The Big South Conference's leading field goal shooting team slumped in the second half, finishing the game hitting 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the floor for the game, courtesy of a 27.6 percent (8-of-29) effort in the second stanza. The Flames hit 29.6 percent (8-of-27) of its three-point attempts on the afternoon.

Curry finished with a team-high 24 points, including the three records, while adding six rebounds. Smith added 14 markers and Ohman chipped in nine points and a team-high four assists in the absence of point guard Jesse Sanders, who is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

Old Dominion became the second team this season, and the first since Clemson, to connect on over 50 percent of its attempts against Liberty. The Monarchs finished hitting 61.8 percent (34-of-55) including 50.0 percent (8-of-20) from three point land.

Lee led all scorers with 26 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Finney added 19 markers and six caroms, helping the Monarchs win the rebound war by 12 rebounds, 36-24. Frank Hassell added eight points and James dished out a game-high nine assists in the winning effort.

Liberty returns to Big South action on Tuesday, when the VMI Keydets invade the Vines Center. Tip-off for Senior Night is at 7 p.m.