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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

February 15, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Evan Gordon is second on the team in total points this season with 306.

Evan Gordon is second on the team in total points this season with 306.

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The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center on Tuesday to host third-place Radford. The contest marks the 56th meeting between the two squads with Radford holding a 31-24 edge over Liberty. Liberty took the first contest against the Highlanders this season, leaving Radford's Demon Center with a 60-55 win on Jan. 23. Tuesday's matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN FullCourt, as the Flames look to record their fourth conference sweep of the season. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
On Feb. 4, Liberty played host to Winthrop, falling to the Eagles, 67-43. Two days later, the Flames bounced back, defeating Presbyterian, 60-57, inside the Vines Center. The game marked another big night for freshman forward Antwan Burrus, as he finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

This past Thursday, the Flames traveled to Asheville, N.C., to take on UNC Asheville. With fourth place on the line, the Flames found themselves down by 18 in the second half, but rallied back to cut it to a pair in the closing minutes. In the end, UNC Asheville held off the relentless Flames, earning the 75-72 decision.

Liberty remained in the Tar Heel State on Saturday, squaring off with Gardner-Webb. Jeremy Anderson and Evan Gordon led the Flames' offensive attack, scoring 17 points apiece. Down by six with 8:03 remaining in the contest, Liberty took advantage of a seven and a half minute scoreless drought from the field by the Runnin' Bulldogs to record its first-ever win inside Paul Porter Arena, 69-61.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Tuesday's contest 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 (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Nick Pierce providing the 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 Network, available on BigSouthSports.com. Flames fans nationwide can also catch the contest on ESPN FullCourt and ESPN360.com.

A Look at the Highlanders
Heading into Saturday's contest, Radford holds a 14-11 record on the season and a 10-5 posting in conference play. Since their first meeting with Flames this season, the Highlanders have gone 4-2 in Big South play.

Coming off an overtime win against Charleston Southern this past Thursday, the Highlanders hosted conference leader Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Art Parakhouski recorded 16 points and nine boards in the contest, followed by Lazar Trifunovic, who finished with 13 tallies and 9 rebounds to match the center. However, the Highlanders were unable to defend home court against the Big South's best, falling narrowly to the Chanticleers, 52-51.

Parakhouski is averaging a double-double on the season, leading the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding with 21.5 points and 13.2 rebounds. The center is also Radford's leading shot blocker with 60 this season. Radford's point guard Amir Johnson is currently the Big South's assist leader, averaging 5.7 dimes per game.

Liberty-Radford Series Notes
Saturday's matchup marks the 56th meeting between Liberty and Radford, with the Highlanders holding a 31-24 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 scoring 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.
Liberty took the opening contest against the Highlanders this season, edging Radford inside the Demon Center on Jan. 23, 60-55. Jesse Sanders and Evan Gordon each finished with 16 points, while Radford's Art Parakhouski recorded a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 15 boards.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds a 12-9 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 scoring 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. Throughout the remainder of the 2009-10 season, Big South coaches in both men's and women's basketball will coach games barefoot in selected game. During Tuesday's contest, head coach Dale Layer will walk the sidelines shoeless in support of the Barefoot for Bare Feet campaign.

Regular 9-5
Liberty has yet to play an overtime game this season and is currently on a 37 game streak without an extra period. The last time the Flames played a game that went past regulation was on Feb. 4, 2009, as Liberty fell to Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, 95-90. Liberty has not gone to overtime inside the Vines Center since squaring off with Radford on Jan. 24, 2009, dropping the double overtime affair, 94-82.

Flames Fast Break

- Jesse Sanders recorded an unusual double-double on Saturday, finishing with 10 boards and 10 assists.

- Kyle Ohman is 16 points shy of grabbing the 18th spot on Liberty's all-time scoring list.

- With the win on Saturday, Liberty picks up its first victory at Gardner-Webb. Head Coach Dale Layer is now 4-1 against the Runnin' Bulldogs all-time.

- In conference contests, Liberty sits atop the Big South in rebounding defense, holding teams to 33.6 boards per contest.

- Antwan Burrus is the team's leading rebounder in conference play, avergaing 7.4 boards per contest. Burrus also leads the way for the Flames in blocks in Big South matchups with 15.

- Kyle Ohman and Evan Gordon are neck-and-neck in total points on the season with 309 and 306, respectively.

- Liberty has outscored its opponents in the paint in its last three contests.

- The Flames are going for their fourth conference sweep on Tuesday with previous 2-0 records over VMI, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb this season.