Jesse Sanders and the Flames head back to Texas to wrap up the South Padre Island Invitational. Liberty meets Mississippi Valley State in the South Padre Convention Centre on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (EST).
Complete Game Notes Live Flames Sports Network Broadcast Mississippi Valley State Men's Basketball Web Page The Games Liberty will round out play in the South Padre Island Invitational this weekend. The Flames will first square off against Mississippi Valley State. The matchup marks the second between the two squads, with Liberty defeating the Delta Devils in the Chicago Invitational last season, 72-63. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. (EST). Following its game against Mississippi Valley State, the Flames will meet either Georgia Southern or Chicago State on Saturday. Game time is set for 12:30/3 p.m. (EST) depending on the results of Friday's games.
Recent Results Before returning to the road, Liberty returned to the Vines Center on Nov. 18 to play host to Southern Virginia. Displaying a balanced offensive attack, the Flames stifled the Knights on the opposite end of the floor en route to an 82-49 victory. Playing a Big 12 opponent for the first time in four years, the Liberty men's basketball team opened play in the South Padre Island Invitational against Texas Tech. Despite Liberty holding a four-point lead at halftime, a second-half surge by the Red Raiders allowed Texas Tech to win its opening matchup of the South Padre Island Invitational, 79-71. Playing in their second contest of the South Padre Island Invitational, the Liberty Flames paid a visit to the Sun Dome to take on the South Florida Bulls. Unfortunately for the visiting Flames, they were unable to gain any shooting momentum from the field, as the Bulls took the contest, 60-43.
Watch and Listen to the Flames There will be a radio broadcast for each game of the South Padre Island Invitational which will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Nick Pierce providing the play-by-play. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on LibertyFlames.com will be available.
Scouting the Delta Devils Mississippi Valley State enters Friday's contest with an 0-4 record. Along with losses to Georgia (70-72) and Indiana (71-54) Mississippi Valley State is also winless in the South Padre Island Invitational, suffering defeats to Saint Mary's (87-52) and Brigham Young (86-36).
Jason Holmes leads the Delta Davis with 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Terrance Joyner is the team's second-leading scorer, chipping in 8.3 points per game. Orlando Smith has proven strong on the boards, grabbing 6.8 per game.
Liberty vs. Mississippi Valley State For the second straight season, the Flames will duel with the Delta Devils during a Thanksgiving week invitational. Last season, Liberty and Mississippi Valley State met at the UCI Pavilion for Game 3 of the 2009 Chicago Invitational. The Flames took the contest, 72-53.
Patrick Konan concluded the contest with a near double-double, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. Evan Gordon and Kyle Ohman rounded out the Flames double digit scorers, posting 14 and 12 tallies, respectively.
Liberty versus the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) The Delta Devils are just the second opponent Liberty has faced from the SWAC. Prior to last season, the last time the Flames matched up with a current member of the conference was Dec. 22, 1990 at the Youngstown Holiday Christmas Tournament against Alabama State. The Hornets defeated the Flames in the contest, 69-57.
Layer versus the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) With a win over the Delta Devils last season, Layer holds a perfect 4-0 record over current members of the SWAC. As head coach of Colorado State, he picked up his first SWAC win over Prairie View A&M, 85-73, on Dec. 27, 2002. The following season, on Dec. 4, 2003, the Rams soundly defeated Texas Southern, 91-66. Layer's most recent encounter with a SWAC team occurred in his final season at Colorado State before coming to Liberty as an assistant. On Dec. 29, 2006, Layer's Rams edged Alabama State, 61-56.
Coaching Profile: Sean Woods Sean Woods enters his second year at the helm of the Delta Devil's basketball program. A former college basketball standout at Kentucky, Woods, comes to MSVU after most recently serving as director of basketball operations and then assistant coach at TCU.
Woods, who also served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi for a season, began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at High Point (2003-05), where he assisted in game and practice preparation, player development and scouting, and also helped coordinate on and off-campus recruiting efforts. During his stint, he helped the Panthers corral the top-ranked recruiting class in the Big South. Batting 1.000 … Sort of Through six games this season, David Minaya is a perfect 14-of-14 from the foul line. The red shirt junior's hot hand from the foul line includes a career-high 9-for-9 during Liberty's game against Southern Virginia. Minaya also went 1-for-1 against Virginia Intermont (Nov. 12), 2-for-2 at Notre Dame (Nov. 14) and 2-for-2 this past Tuesday at USF.
Chairman of the Boards Redshirt junior transfer John Brown is No. 1 in the conference in rebounds, with 63 rebounds (10. 5 rpg). The Savannah, Ga., native holds a 12 board edge over VMI's Stan Okoye who has 51 on the season. Brown has posted double digits in boards in three games this season. In his Liberty debut, Brown grabbed 17 rebounds, becoming the first Flame to do so in nearly two years. The guard also collected 12 rebounds at Notre Dame (Nov. 14) and 14 at Texas Tech (Nov. 21). Serving up the Dimes Jesse Sanders leads the Big South in assists with 39 (6.5 apg). The junior floor general holds a solid lead over VMI's Rodney Glasgow and UNC Asheville's Pierre Miller, who each have 24. Through six games this season, Sanders has garnered at least five assists each contests. Sanders is off to his best start in assists this season. During his freshman season in which he finished with 137 helpers, Sanders had 22 through six games. Last season, Sanders finished with 152 for the season with 24 through six games.
Stopping the Three According to the most recent conference statistics, the Flames are ranked No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage defense. Through the first six contests, Liberty opponents are shooting 29.1 percent (37-for-127) from behind the three-point arc.
Flames No. 1 in Rebound Margin Along with three-point field goal percentage defense, the Flames are also No. 1 in rebound margin. Liberty is averaging 41.5 boards per game while holding opponents to 35 per contest for a margin of + 6.5. The Flames have outrebounded three of their opponents this season – Virginia Intermont, Southern Virginia and Texas Tech. The Flames most the Flames have been outrebounded by this season is nine, which occurred this past Tuesday at USF.
Single-game Lows Forty three is the fewest points posted by Liberty in a game this season, however, the mark still fell short of making the Liberty record books. On Feb. 12, 1981, Liberty scored just 30 points against East Tennessee State. The Buccaneers took the contest, 53-30.
Fewest Points Scored 30 – East Tennessee State, 2/12/81 38 – College of Charleston, 1/26/91 39 – Clemson, 11/17/09 40 – Winthrop, 1/13/07 40 – Randolph Macon, 2/8/84 41 – Old Dominion, 11/19/09
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