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MBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina

February 24, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Patrick Konan enters Thursday's contest against Coastal Carolina averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Patrick Konan enters Thursday's contest against Coastal Carolina averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team heads to the Palmetto State to take on conference leader Coastal Carolina on Thursday. The matchup marks the 45th meeting between the two squads, with Liberty holding a 25-19 edge in the all-time series. Coastal Carolina took the first contest this season, defeating the Flames in the Vines Center 73-58 on Dec. 5. The rematch takes place in Conway, S.C., where the Flames hold a 11-9 record all-time over the Chanticleers. Tipoff for Thursday's contest in Coastal Carolina's Kimbel Arena is slated for 7 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 on Feb. 13, 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 on Feb. 16, 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.

Liberty finished out its regular-season home slate against High Point this past Saturday. Kyle Ohman went out in style on Senior Night, achieving a career-high 39 points en route to a 76-67 win over the Panthers.

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 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 broadcast via the Big South Network, available on BigSouthSports.com.

Ruling the Roost
Despite being picked to finish eighth in the Big South preseason poll, Coastal Carolina sits atop the conference standings with a one and a half game lead over second place Winthrop in the final week of the regular season. Heading into Thursday's matchup, the Chanticleers hold a 24-5 record overall and a 13-3 record in conference play, dropping Big South contests to High Point, Winthrop and Radford.

Coastal Carolina played host to its neighboring Big South competitor Charleston Southern this past Saturday, earning the 47-37 decision. Kierre Greenwood and Danny Nieman each tallied 11 points in the contest, while Charleston Southern's Kelvin Martin led all scorers with 14. Greenwood's performance, coupled with his 13 points against North Carolina Central on Feb. 15, earned him Big South Freshman of the Week honors.

Joesph Harris leads the way for the Chanticleers in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game, followed by Chad Gray with 14.1. Harris is also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 9.8 boards per contest. The senior's presence is felt on the defensive end as well, racking up 51 thefts this season.

Liberty-Coastal Carolina Series Notes
Liberty currently leads the all-time series against Coastal Carolina, holding a 25-19 edge. The first meeting between the Flames and Chanticleers took place during Liberty's inaugural year as a NCAA Division I competitor on Dec. 10, 1988 inside Kimbel Arena. The Chanticleers won the initial matchup, defeating the Flames, 80-73. Two months later, on Feb. 13, Coastal Carolina stepped into the Schilling Center, sweeping the season series with a 75-60 victory.

Last season, the Flames went 2-0 against the Chanticleers. In the first meeting, Liberty hosted Coastal Carolina in the Vines Center (Jan.12, 2009). Seth Curry and Brolin Floyd led the way with 15 points apiece, as Liberty bested its conference rival, 68-55. Anthony Smith chipped in 14 points, followed by Jesse Sanders and Johnny Stephene, who finished with nine and eight tallies, respectively.

In the second contest on Feb. 16, 2009, the Flames traveled to Conway, S.C., squeaking past the Chanticleers with a narrow victory, 85-82. Curry once again was the Flames'
leading scorer with 22 markers. Kyle Ohman and Tyler Baker also came up big, posting
19 and 14 points, respectively.

Coastal Carolina took the opening contest this season, defeating the Flames inside the Vines Center, 73-58 on Dec. 5. Kyle Ohman led the way for the Flames, finishing with 17 points, followed by Jesse Sanders, who chipped in 12. Three Chanticleers posted 16 points apiece in the contest — Joseph Harris, Mario Edwards and Chad Gray. Harris and Edwards also achieved double-doubles on the night, grabbing 12 and 10 boards, respectively.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds a 13-10 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 the Flames went 2-0 against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 78-59 (Jan. 21, 2008) and 66-51 (Feb. 16, 2008).

Success at Kimbel Arena
Coastal Carolina is the only Big South competitor Liberty holds a winning record against when playing on the road. Heading into Thursday's contest, the Flames are 11-9 all-time inside Kimbel Arena. The last time Liberty dropped a contest inside the facility was on Jan. 20, 2007, when the Flames fell to the Chanticleers, 70-65. Liberty is currently riding a two-game win-streak at Kimbel Arena.

Regular 9-5
Liberty has yet to play an overtime game this season and is currently on a 39 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.

Flames in February
Heading into Thursday's matchup with High Point, the Flames hold a 167-151 all-time record in the month of February. Liberty's best posting in the second month of the year occurred during the 1996-97 season, when the Flames went 9-1 in February. The Flames are currently 3-3 on the month this season.

Ohman Shines on Senior Night
Playing his final regular season contest of his collegiate career inside the Vines Center on Saturday, Kyle Ohman went out in style, posting a career-high 39 points and 10 rebounds. Ohman's point total surpasses his previous career of 38, which he achieved at Gardner-Webb's Paul Porter Arena on Feb. 4, 2009.

Ohman's 39 points on Saturday is the 10th-highest single-game scoring output in school history, falling just shy of Matt Hildebrand's Vines Center record of 41, which he set on Feb. 19, 1994 against Charleston Southern. The senior was also one point away from becoming the eighth player in school history to score 40 points in a game. The last time a Flame scored 40 points was on Feb. 21, 2007, when Alex McLean posted the mark at VMI.

Ohman's 25 free throw attempts on Saturday set a school record, surpassing the old mark of 20 held by Peter Aluma and Matt Hildebrand. His 18 makes from the charity stripe was just one shy of matching Hildebrand's mark of 19.