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Liberty Playing for Big South Supremacy Saturday

January 7, 2011  Lynchbrug, Va.  RSS
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David Minaya and the Flames look to remain unbeaten in conference play, Saturday. Tipoff against fellow undefeated Big South member Coastal Carolina is slated for 6 p.m.

David Minaya and the Flames look to remain unbeaten in conference play, Saturday. Tipoff against fellow undefeated Big South member Coastal Carolina is slated for 6 p.m.

Game Day Central

After continuing its unprecedented start in conference play with a victory over Charleston Southern Thursday night, the Liberty men's basketball team (11-6, 5-0) hosts Coastal Carolina (13-2, 4-0), Saturday inside the Vines Center. The matchup of Big South unbeatens is slated to tipoff at 6 p.m. and air live on MASN and ESPN FullCourt.

After being swept by the Chanticleers last season, Liberty hopes to add to its advantage in the all-times series (25-20), while remaining atop the conference standings. However, Coastal Carolina is looking to spoil Liberty's unbeaten start. The Chanticleers also enter the contest undefeated in conference play and are riding an 11-game win-streak.

Coastal Carolina enters Saturday's contest with a 13-2 record on the season and a 4-0 posting in conference play. After dropping contests to College of Charleston (83-67, Nov. 16) and Georgetown (80-61, Nov.18) early in the season, the Chanticleers have run off an 11 straight wins.

On Thursday night, Coastal Carolina stepped into VMI's Cameron Hall and dispatched the Keydets, 109-87. VMI's one-two punch of Keith Gabriel and Stan Okoye led the Keydets with 23 and 20 points, respectively. However, six Chanticleers managed to reach double scoring figures – Desmond Holloway (25), Kierre Greenwood (18), Anthony Raffa (13), Danny Nieman (13), Mike Holmes (12) and Chad Gray (10). Along with his scoring effort, Holmes also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Two transfer players, Holloway and Holmes, have paid dividends for Coastal Carolina this season. Holloway (Wabash Valley) leads the Chanticleers in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. Holmes (South Carolina) is the second-leading scorer with 14.5 points per game and is the team's primary rebounder, grabbing 8.7 boards per contest.