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MBB Game Day Central: High Point

February 19, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman guard Chris Perez is currently averaging 5.7 points per game heading into Liberty's matchup with High Point.

Freshman guard Chris Perez is currently averaging 5.7 points per game heading into Liberty's matchup with High Point.

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The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center for the final home game of the regular season this Saturday at 7 p.m., hosting High Point. The contest marks the 25th meeting between the two squads with, Liberty holding a 14-10 edge over the Panthers. High Point took the first contest against the Flames this season, successfully defending home court on Jan. 21, 81-53.

Liberty and High Point are battling for fifth place in the conference standings in the rematch, as each team holds an 8-7 record in conference play. Saturday's matchup is part of a double header, which begins with the Lady Flames squaring off against Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m.

Recent Results
On Feb. 11, 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 last 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.

The Flames returned to the Vines Center this past Tuesday, playing host to third-place Radford. Despite Liberty holding the edge the majority of the first half, Radford countered in the second, edging the Flames 74-69.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Saturday'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.

A Peek at the Panthers
Heading into Saturday's contest, High Point holds a 13-13 record on the season and a 8-7 posting in conference play. Since their first meeting with Flames this season, the Panthers have gone 3-4 in Big South play.

Coming off wins against conference leader Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern, the Panthers stepped into Cameron Hall Thursday night to take on VMI. Nick Barbour racked up 21 points, while two Panthers finished with double-doubles — Cruz Daniels (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Corey Law (13 points, 13 rebounds). However, High Point was unable to thwart the Big South's highest scoring offense, as Austin Kenon led the way with 38 points, en route to a 91-84 victory over the Panthers to sweep the season series.

Barbour is currently the Panthers' leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game. Eugene Harris is also averaging double figures this season, chipping in 14.3 points per contest. Daniels is making an impact around the basket, grabbing 6.2 boards and blocking 2.6 shots per game.

Liberty-High Point Series Notes
Thursday's matchup marks the 25th meeting between Liberty and High Point, with the Flames holding a 14-10 edge in the all-time series. The two squads met for the first time during the 1998-99 season, squaring off in High Point, N.C., on Jan. 23, 1999. The Panthers managed to hold off the Flames in overtime, taking the contest, 93-89. The following month, the Flames avenged the loss at the Vines Center, besting the Panthers, 72-55 (Feb. 13, 1999).

Liberty and High Point met in back-to-back weeks last season, with Liberty sweeping the season series. On Jan. 20, 2009, the Flames defeated the Panthers at the Millis Center, 61-56. Anthony Smith led the way for the Flames with 24 points, followed by Kyle Ohman, who chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds. Three Panthers also scored in double figures, Jourdan Morris (15), Steadman Short (14) and Eugene Harris (11).

The following week on Jan. 27, the Flames played host to High Point, besting the guest, 78-63. Kyle Ohman led all scorers with 26 points, followed by Anthony Smith, who finished with 23. Seth Curry recorded a double-double in the matchup, posting 16 points and grabbing 10 boards. High Point's one-two scoring punch of Nick Barbour and Harris also ended the night with solid numbers, scoring 21 and 17 points, respectively.

High Point took the first meeting against Liberty this season on Jan. 21. Barbour posted 24 points in the contest, 20 of which came in the first half, followed by Corey Law and David Singleton, who finished with 12 and 10 tallies, respectively. Playing in its first of five games without Ohman, Liberty went 5:58 without scoring from the field, ultimately falling to the Panthers on the road, 81-53.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds a 12-10 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 High Point that season, taking the first contest 55- 51 inside the Vines Center on Jan. 26, 2008. Alex McLean finished the contest with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The following month on Feb. 6, the Panthers avenged the loss by successfully defending their home court against the Flames, 67-53. On that day, it was High Point's Arizona Reid who earned the double-double with a 23-point, 11-rebound performance.

Victorious in the Vines
Entering Saturday's contest, Liberty holds an 11-1 record against the Panthers inside the Vines Center. High Point's lone win in Lynchburg against the Flames occurred on Jan. 24, 2002, as the Panthers' took the contest 73-58. Since then Liberty has went 7-0 on its home turf against the Panthers, which includes an 89-44 victory in the finals of the 2004 Big South Championship.

Regular 9-5
Liberty has yet to play an overtime game this season and is currently on a 38 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 in double overtime. 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.