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MBB Game Day Central: Southern Virginia

November 18, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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John Brown and the Flames host Southern Virginia tonight in the Vines Center at 7 p.m.

John Brown and the Flames host Southern Virginia tonight in the Vines Center at 7 p.m.

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The Game
Liberty returns to the Vines Center to host Southern Virginia on Thursday. The Flames hold a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Commonwealth competitor. Last season, Liberty defended home court against the Knights on Nov. 14, 2009, taking the contest 89-53. Game time for Thursday's meeting is set for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Liberty opened the 2010-11 season inside the Vines Center last Friday, defeating the Virginia Intermont Cobras, 82-65. Evan Gordon led the Flames with 23 points, followed by redshirt junior transfer John Brown, who finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds in his Liberty debut. The Flames are now 30-9 all-time in home openers and 17-3 when opening the season at home.

Following its win, the Flames trekked up to South Bend, Ind., to take on BIG EAST power Notre Dame. Hoping to even the series at 1-1, Notre Dame denied Liberty for the second-straight year en route to a 72-51 decision. David Minaya led the Flames with 12 points, while Brown garnered his second straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 boards.

However, the Seahawks responded after being eight points down in the closing minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime and ultimately edge the Flames by five, 69-64.

This past Tuesday, the Flames traveled to UNC Wilmington to take on the Seahawks. After being down 14 points at halftime, the Flames rallied with a 21-2 run to take the lead in the second half.

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 the new Voice of the Flames Alan York providing the play-by-play. York takes over play-by-play duties this season for longtime broadcaster Jerry Edwards, who retired this past spring after 29 years.

In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. There will also be a live video stream broadcast via the Big South Network, available on

Liberty-Southern Virginia Series Notes
Thursday's matchup marks the third meeting all-time between Liberty and Southern Virginia. Last season, Liberty hosted the Knights in its home opener, defeating Southern Virginia, 89-53. Four Flames reached double digits in the contest. Kyle Ohman led the way with 15, followed by Chris Perez (14), Tyler Baker (13) and Evan Gordon (11). The majority of Ohman's tallies came from the foul line, as he was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
The first meeting between the two teams took place on Nov. 27, 2006, with Liberty defeating the Knights inside the Vines Center, 109-64.

Scouting the Knights
Southern Virginia enters Thursday's contest with a 1-2 record. After defeating Virginia Intermont on Nov. 10, 86-77, Southern Virginia is coming off back-to-back losses against Union College (77-66), and Reinhardt (80-77).

Casey Nye is guiding the Knights this season, averaging 19.0 points per game, followed by Spenser Briggs (14.7 ppg) and Isaac Jacobson (12.0). Briggs is also the Knights leading rebounder, averaging 7.3 boards per game.

Back in the Day
Like Virginia Intermont, Liberty is no stranger to competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Before moving up the ranks to Division I play, Liberty joined the NAIA in 1975 as an associate member. The program transitioned to NCAA Division II in 1981, but was still eligible for NAIA postseason play. Prior to receiving its NAIA postseason eligibility, the Flames captured the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championship in 1980.

Liberty dropped its NAIA affiliation completely in 1984, when it became eligible for NCAA Division II competition. Liberty moved to Division I on Sept. 1, 1988.

During its time in the association, Liberty produced one NAIA All-American, center Steve Issacs, who earned honorable mention honors in 1982 and 1983. Issacs also earned all-district honors from 1981-83. Other Liberty players to earn NAIA all-district honors include Mark Swift (1981), Greg McCauley (1982) and Kenny Gunn (1983). Former Liberty men's head coach Jeff Meyer, who coached the Flames from 1982-97, also earned NAIA All-District Coach of the Year Honors in 1982.

Young versus Younger
Despite its 38-year existence, Liberty is considered a youngling compared to most universities. Southern Virginia is no exception, as it was founded 25 years after Liberty in 1996.

Matching Opponents
Like the Flames, the Southern Virginia Knights also opened the 2010-11 season matching up against the Cobras of Virginia Intermont. Last Friday, Southern Virginia paid a visit to Union College (Ky.), a team Liberty will host on Dec. 28. On Nov. 23, the Knights will play a common opponent of Liberty's – Big South member VMI. The Flames, of course, will matchup with the Keydets twice during Big South play (Jan. 20 and Feb. 15).