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MBB Game Day Central: Charleston Southern

February 26, 2010  Charleston Southern, S.C.  RSS
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In Liberty's last meeting with Charleston Southern on Dec. 3, David Minaya posted a career-high 14 points

In Liberty's last meeting with Charleston Southern on Dec. 3, David Minaya posted a career-high 14 points

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The Game

The Liberty men's basketball team remains in the Palmetto State to take on Charleston Southern on Saturday. The matchup marks the 49th meeting between the two squads, with Liberty holding a 28-20 edge in the all-time series. Liberty took the first contest this season, defeating the Buccaneers in the Vines Center 69-53 on Dec. 3. The rematch takes place in Charleston, S.C., where the Flames have taken two of the last three contests. Tipoff for Saturday's contest in Charleston Southern's CSU Field House is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Recent Results
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 last 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.

Hoping to stay alive in the fight for the No. 4 seed, Liberty stepped into Kimbel Arena on Thursday to take on conference leading Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers jumped out to an early lead en route to a 71-48 decision, earning their first regular season conference title since 1991.

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.

A Look at the Bucs
Charleston Southern enters Saturday's contest with a 13-15 record overall and a 7-10 posting in conference play. On Thursday, the Buccaneers played host to the VMI Keydets. Despite high-scoring performances from Austin Kenon and Stan Okoye, the Buccaneers managed to out-point the Keydets en route to a 95-85 decision. Five players finished with double scoring figures in the contest for Charleston Southern – Kenny Mitchell (21), Kelvin Martin (19), Jamarco Warren (17), Jeremy Sexton (14) and Austin Johnson (12). Martin also picked up a double-double, adding 13 rebounds to his scoring efforts.

Jamarco Warren is the Buccaneers' leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game, followed by Kelvin Martin with 13.7 tallies per contest. Martin also leads the Buccaneers in boards, grabbing 8.3 per game.

Liberty-Charleston Southern Series Notes
Saturday's matchup marks the 49th meeting between the two squads, with Liberty holding a 28-20 edge in the all-time series. Last season, the Flames swept the series, taking both contests by double digits. In the first meeting (Jan. 10, 2009), four Flames scored in double figures – Seth Curry (27), Anthony Smith (13), Brolin Floyd (12) and Kyle Ohman, as Liberty bested the Buccaneers, 79-60.

The following month (Feb. 14), three Flames netted 20-plus points in Liberty's 95-80 victory over Charleston Southern in the CSU Field House. Curry led all scorers with 28 points followed by Smith and Ohman, who posted 24 and 23 respectively. Jesse Sanders also played a key role in the contest, achieving a then career-high 10 boards.

Liberty took the opening contest against the Buccaneers this season, defeating Charleston Southern 69-53 on Dec. 3. Evan Gordon led the way for the Flames with 21 points and a career-high eight boards, followed by Ohman, who finished with 16 tallies. David Minaya also came up big for the Flames, posting a career-high 14 points.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds a 13-11 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).
The Flames split in their meetings with the Buccaneers that season. In the first match-up, Liberty cruised past Charleston Southern, 79-63 (Jan. 19, 2008). The Buccaneers avenged the loss the following month, squeaking by the Flames in Charleston, S.C., 87-82 (Feb. 18, 2008).

Roots That Run Deep
Both Liberty and Charleston Southern were founded as Baptist affiliated colleges. Liberty was originally founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell as Lynchburg Baptist College and renamed as Liberty Baptist College before finally changing its name to Liberty University. Charleston Southern was also originally founded under another moniker – Baptist College, S.C. Charleston Southern was known as Baptist College, S.C., during the first four contests of the series between the Buccaneers and the Flames.

Similar Paths
Prior to coaching at Charleston Southern, head coach Barclay Radebaugh was at the helm of the same program Liberty head coach Dale Layer help build. During the 2003-04 season, Radebaugh was the head coach of Division II Queens in Charlotte, N.C., leading the Royals to a 21-8 record. Before his coaching stint at Queens, Radebaugh was also an assistant coach in the Big South. A member of Gregg Marshall's staff at Winthrop, Radebaugh helped coach the Eagles to back-to back conference titles and an NCAA bid in 2002.

Flames Fastbreak
- Kyle Ohman now sits at 17th on the all-time scoring list with 1,110 points, 45 shy of surpassing Eric Gordon, father of Ohman's teammate Evan Gordon.

- In conference contests, Liberty sits atop the Big South in rebounding defense, holding teams to 34.1 boards per contest, holding a slight edge over Coastal Carolina (34.8).

- Antwan Burrus is the team's leading rebounder in conference play, averaging 7.3 boards per contest. Burrus also leads the way for the Flames in blocks in Big South matchups with 19.

- Jesse Sanders currently has 143 assists on the season, surpassing his freshman year total of 137.

- Jesse Sanders is the only Flame to start all 29 contests this season.

- Jeremy Anderson has hit at least one three-point field goal in his last 13 games this season.

- The Flames have taken two of the last three contests against the Buccaneers in CSU Field House.

- Liberty is guaranteed to finish as a fifth or sixth seed heading into the 2010 Advanced Auto Parts Big South Tournament.