Chris Perez is Liberty's third-leading scorer, averaging eights points per game heading into tonight's contest with Old Dominion.
Complete Game Notes (PDF format) Live Video Streaming (Big South Network) Live Flames Sports Network Radio Broadcast Live Stats The Game The Liberty Flames (1-2, 0-0 Big South) host the Old Dominion Monarchs at 7 p.m. inside the Vines Center. The contest is the fourth meeting between the two squads and a rematch of last season's BracketBuster match-up on ESPNU. Last season, the Flames fell to the Monarchs, 80-56, in Norfolk, Va. Recent Results The Flames opened the season on the road against George Mason on Friday. Despite rushing out to a 6-0 lead, the Patriots made up the defi cit and led by as much as 19 in the second half. The Flames then rallied to come within four points of George Mason, but the Patriots went on to win the contest, 76-72. Liberty returned home the following night, hosting the Southern Virginia Knights. Four Flames reached double digits in the contest with Kyle Ohman leading the way with 15, followed by Chris Perez (14), Tyler Baker (13) and Evan Gordon (11). Head coach Dale Layer picked up his fi rst win at Liberty, as the Flames rolled past the Knights, 89-53. On Tuesday, a crowd of 8,143 watched Liberty host an ACC powerhouse for the fi rst time, making it the ninth-largest attendance in Vines Center history. The Flames looked to make up for last year's narrow loss to the Tigers, but Clemson prevented the team from accomplishing the feat, taking a 79-39 decision in its fi rst-ever trip to Liberty. Watch and Listen for the Flames Thursday's game will be televised on the Flames Sports Network with Ray Jones providing the play-by-play and Tim Scarborough adding color commentary. There will be a radio broadcast which will air on the Flames Sports Network (fl agship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing the play-by-play for his 29th season. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on LibertyFlames.com will be available. Matching up with the Monarchs Old Dominion is currently 2-0 on the season with wins over Bethune Cookman (69-38) and Longwood (98-59) inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center. In the game against Longwood, Gerald Lee led all the way with 17 points followed by Marsharee Neely who chipped in 13, grabbed six boards and shot 3-4 from the three-point line. Last season the Monarchs went 25-10 and won the inaugural College Insider Tournament, defeating The Citadel (67-59), Belmont (70-62), James Madison (81-43) and Bradley (66-62). Lee and Neely are among the top returnees from the 2008-09 campaign, along with forwards Ben Finney and Frank Hassell and guard Darius James. Liberty-Old Dominion Series Notes Old Dominion holds a 3-0 series lead over the Flames. The teams fi rst met during the 2003-04 season, when the Monarhs defeated the Flames, 96-71. The most recent meeting occurred on Feb. 21, 2009 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center for ESPNU's BracketBuster contest. Seth Curry led the way for the Flames with 24 points and six rebounds, followed by Anthony Smith and Kyle Ohman, who chipped in 14 and nine points, respectively. Old Dominion defeated the Flames, 80-56, dropping Liberty to 0-2 all-time in Bracket Buster games. BracketBuster Rematch Liberty is 0-2 in ESPN BracketBuster contests. Before losing to the Monarchs last season, the Flames fell to Niagra, 90-81, on Feb. 17, 2007 in Niagra, N.Y. When Liberty hosted the Purple Eagles in the VInes Center on Dec. 1, 2007, the Flames avenged the loss, besting Niagra 86-81. Kyle Ohman was the only current Flame to appear in the contest, posting six points. Layer Versus the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Liberty Head Coach Dale Layer is 1-2 all-time against CAA opponents, which consists of two teams the Flames have yet to face in Northeastern and UNC Wilmington. Layer's victory over Northeastern occurred during his stint at Colorado State on Dec. 29, 2000, as the Rams defeated the Huskies, 63-52. At the time of the match-up, Northeastern belonged to the America East Conference. Liberty Versus the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) The Flames are 11-34 all time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association. Liberty is currently 1-3 against Drexel, 3-5 against George Mason, 2-7 against James Madison, 0-3 against Old Dominion, 3-9 against Towson, 1-5 against VCU and 1-2 against William & Mary. Liberty's most recent meeting with a CAA program occurred this past Friday, as the Flames lost narrowly to Georgae Mason inside the Patriot Center, 76- 72. Liberty ended its 2008-09 campaign against a CAA member when it squared off with James Madison in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com PostseasonTournament (CIT) on March 23, 2009, dropping the contest, 88-65. Old Dominion met the Dukes in the following round, resulting in a 81-43 victory en route to its fi rst-ever CIT Championship. Commonwealth Competitors Thursday's contest marks Liberty's third in-state opponent this season. The Flames are currently 1-1 against Commonwealth competition, falling to George Mason last Friday, 76-72, and defeating Southern Virginia at home on Saturday, 89-53. Last season, the Flames went 5-5 against Commonwealth teams, faring better on the road with a 3-1 record. Liberty's most notable in-state road victory was a 86-82 upset over Virginia on Nov. 25, 2008. Marquee wins at home include a double overtime thriller against William & Mary (80-74) followed by a 69-66 overtime win against George Mason two nights later. No rest in November The 2009-10 schedule features eight contests in November, tying for the most 11thmonth match-ups in school history. The last season Liberty played eight November games was back in 1979 during the program's NAIA days. The team was coached by Dale Gibson and fi nished with a 4-4 November record (28-11 on the season). The Flames played their eighth contest on Nov. 30 against Mt. Vernon Nazarene and then jumped into its December slate the next night against the Cougars. This season, the Flames will receive fi ve days rest between its last November and fi rst December contests as it plays its last match of the Chicago Invitational on Nov. 28 and then returns to Lynchburg, Va. to open conference play against Charleston Southern on Dec. 3. One, Two, Win Liberty is 1-2 heading into Thursday's match-up with the Monarchs. The last time the Flames started with the same record was the 2000-01 season. Liberty opened the season with a 84-58 win over Tusculum, before dropping contests to Boston University (55-54) and James Madison (71-69). The next contest had a much different outcome, as the Flames defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Nov. 28, 61-56. Home Sweet Home Thursday's game is the third-straight contest at home for the Flames. The last time Liberty played three-conecutive home contests in November was the 2006-07 season. During the stretch, the Flames picked up the "W" in all three contests, defeating Cinncinnati Christian (101-65), Houghton (92-46) and Southern Virginia (109-64). Watchlist Week Tuesday's contest with Clemson marked Liberty's fi rst encounter with a member of the 2009-10 Naismith Award Watchlist, as Trevor Booker entered the Vines Center this past Tuesday, collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds. The second meeting with a watchlist member will take place this Sunday when the Flames travel to South Bend, Ind., for a match-up with Notre Dame's Luke Harangody as well as the rest of the Fighting Irish. The Naismith Award Watchlist consists of the nation's top 50 players who are selected based on their performances last season and expectations heading into the 2009-10 campaign. The list will be narrowed down to 30 players in February and four fi nalists in March. In addition to making the list, Harangody is also nominated for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Climbing the Ladder Kyle Ohman is currently listed 26th all-time on Liberty's scoring list with 783 points, 12 shy of surpassing David Dees for the 25th spot. Two other members of this season's roster are on pace to crack the top 50 listing. Tyler Baker, who is averaging 7.0 ppg this season, has scored 281 career points, needing 195 to grab No. 50. Jesse Sanders is on an even faster climb, averaging 10.3 ppg with 253 career points.
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