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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

January 22, 2010  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Antwan Burrus enters Saturday's contest with Radford averaging 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Antwan Burrus enters Saturday's contest with Radford averaging 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

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The Game

The Liberty men's basketball team heads to Radford, Va., Saturday, to square off with the Radford Highlanders. The contest marks the 55th meeting between the two squads with Radford holding a 31-23 edge over Liberty. Saturday's matchup is also the Flames1,100th contest in program history. The last time the Flames and the Highlanders faced off, Liberty escaped the Demon Center with a 92-85 victory (Feb. 28, 2009), avenging a 94-82 double overtime loss in the Vines Center the previous month (Jan. 24, 2009). Tipoff for Saturday's contest is slated for 6 p.m.

Recent Results
Looking to start 4-1 in the Big South for the first time in school history, the Flames squard off with Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. on Jan.9. In a contest which went down to the wire, the Flames led by a single digit with 39 seconds remaining. However, following a Winthrop timeout, the Eagles' Andre Jones hit a three-pointer, giving the Eagles control with 27 ticks left. Winthrop went on to edge the Flames, 65-62.

Liberty returned to the Vines Center Jan. 14 after a five-game stint on the road, to host Gardner-Webb. Senior Kyle Ohman reached a milestone, becoming the 21st member of Liberty's 1,000-point club. Ohman finished the night with 17 points (1,014 all-time), as the Flames improved to 4-2 in the Big South, defeating the Runnin' Bulldogs, 68-57.

Hoping to control the third spot in the conference, the Flames played host to UNC Asheville, this past Saturday. Throughout the contest, Liberty rallied on numerous occasions to make it a one-possession ball game, but was unable to grab the lead in the second half, ultimately falling to the Bulldogs, 74-70.

The Flames travelled to High Point, N.C., on Thursday, taking on the High Point Panthers. Looking to finish the night in third place in the Big South standings, the Flames played without leading scorer Ohman, ultimately falling, 81-53.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a radio broadcast which will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship 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. There will also be a live video stream of the broadcast via the Big South Network, available on BigSouthSports.com.

Fast Break with the Highlanders
Radford enters Saturday's contest with a 10-7 record overall and a 6-2 posting in conference play. On Thursday the Highlanders hosted VMI, defeating the Keydets, 109-91. Three players posted double-doubles for Radford in the win — Art Parakhouski, Laz Trifunovic and Joey Lynch-Flohr.

Parakhouski led the way in scoring with 30 points, adding 11 rebounds in his efforts. Trifunovic proved dominant on the glass, grabbing 14 boards. The forward also tallied 27 points on the night. Lynch-Flohr rounded out the trio of dual category performers, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Parakhouski currently averages a double-double on the season, leading the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding with 23.5 points and 12.9 rebounds. The center is also Radford's leading shot blocker with 39 this season. Radford's point guard Amir Johnson is currently the Big South assist leader, averaging 5.07 dimes per game.

Liberty-Radford Series Notes
Saturday's matchup marks the 55th meeting between Liberty and Radford, with the Highlanders holding a 31-23 edge over the Flames in the all-time series. The Commonwealth clash began on Jan. 28, 1975 during Liberty's days as a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association. Liberty hosted the inaugural meeting, defeating Radford, 99-85.

The Flames and Highlanders split the season series during the 2008-09 campaign, with each team picking up a win on the road. The first meeting took place inside the Vines Center on Jan. 24, 2009, resulting in a double overtime thriller. Seth Curry led the way for the Flames with 30 points, followed by Anthony Smith and Kyle Ohman, who each finished with 18. Smith also achieved a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to his socring performance.

Unfortunately, the Flames were unable to seal up the contest, as Radford pulled away in the second overtime period, earning a 94-82 decision. Five Highlanders reached double digit scoring figures in the contest — Artsiom Parakhouski (22), Kenny Thomas (21), Amir Johnson (16), Joey Lynch-Flohr (13), Chris McEachin (10). Parakhouski and Thomas also finished with double-doubles, grabbing 16 and 12 boards, respectively.

The Flames avenged the loss in the Dedmon Center the following month. Curry and Smith each scored 25 and 24 points apiece, as Liberty ended the regular season on Feb. 28 with a 92-85 victory.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds an 8-7 record all-time against current Big South opponents. Prior to returning to Liberty, Layer went 2-1 against Gardner-Webb as head coach of the Colorado State Rams. At the time, the Runnin' Bulldogs were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. During his stint at Division II member Queens, Layer garnered a 2-2 record against the Winthrop Eagles.

Second Time Around
When Layer served as a Liberty assistant during the 2007-08 season, the Flames went 7-7 in conference play. Liberty posted at least one win over all but one conference opponent. That season, the Winthrop Eagles took both contests against the Flames, 55-48 (Jan. 15, 2008) and 59-50 (Feb. 12, 2008). Liberty managed to sweep one Big South opponent, as they went 2-0 against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 78-59 (Jan. 21, 2008) and 66-51 (Feb. 16, 2008).

Liberty split in its meetings with Radford that season, narrowly losing to the Highlanders in the first meeting on Feb. 2, 2008 in the Dedmon Center, 89-88. Martell McDuffy and Amir Johnson led the way for the Highlanders with 22 and 21 points respectively. Four Flames finished in double socring figures in the contest — B.J. Jenkins (21), TeeJay Bannister (19), Jeremy Anderson (14) and Anthony Smith (10).

The Flames hosted the Highlanders on March 1, 2008, in the regular season finale, besting Radford 78-71. Anthony Smith netted 29 points in the win, while B.J. Jenkins and Kyle Ohman each chipped in 18 and 13 points respectively. Four Highlanders also achieved double digits in scoring — Joey Lynch-Flohr (19), Amir Johnson (15), Eric Hall (14) and Martell McDuffy (13).

Barefoot for Bare Feet
The Big South Conference, in affiliation with Samaritan's Feet, is doing its part to bring attention to the 300 million children worldwide who are subject to disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes. During Saturday's contest, Radford head coach Brad Greenburg will walk the sidelines shoeless in support of the Barefoot for Bare Feet campaign.

Throughout the remainder of the 2009-10 season, Big South coaches in both men's and women's basketball will coach games barefoot. Flames fans will witness head coach Dale Layer coach from the sidelines barefoot during Liberty's home matchup against the Highlanders on Feb. 16.