Jesse Sanders and the Flames play host to Gardner-Webb on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. with the contest airing live on the Flames Sports Network, ESPN FullCourt and ESPN3.com.
Game Day Central Fresh off a thrilling 83-81 overtime win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, the Liberty men's basketball team gears up for another conference clash, Saturday, with Gardner-Webb (7-15, 2-8 Big South). Liberty (15-7, 9-1 Big South) leads the all-time series against the Runnin' Bulldogs, 5-3. The Flames are looking for their second straight conference sweep of the season, as they defeated Gardner-Webb in overtime at Paul Porter Arena, 64-62 on Dec. 31. Tipoff for the rematch inside the Vines Center is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest airing live on the Flames Sports Network, ESPN FullCourt and ESPN3.com. Gardner-Webb enters Saturday's contest with a 7-15 record on the year and a 2-8 posting in conference play. The Runnin' Bulldogs are coming off a loss to VMI, Thursday night. Austin Kenon and Michael Sparks led the Keydets in the win with 21 points, apiece. Four Runnin' Bulldogs finished the night in double scoring figures – Josh Henley (13), Stefon Johnson (12), Laron Buggs (11) and Luke Engelken (10). Jon Moore, who returned on Jan. 20 in Gardner-Webb's 58-50 win over Charleston Southern after being sidelined for nearly a month and a half, leads the Runnin' Bulldogs in scoring with 14.0 points per game. Josh Henley is the team's leading rebounder with 6.7 boards per game and Luke Davis paces the squad in assists with 3.3 helpers per contest. The two squads first met during the 1975-76 season, resulting in a 104-88 Gardner-Webb win in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Dec. 6, 1975. Last season, the Flames took both contests to gain the advantage in the series. In the first meeting on Jan. 14, Liberty bested Gardner-Webb inside the Vines Center, 68-57. Gardner-Webb's C.J. Hailey finished with a game-high 20-points. Kyle Ohman led the way for the Flames, garnering 17 tallies to become the 21st member of Liberty's 1,000-point club. Liberty picked up its first-ever win inside the Paul Porter Arena on Feb. 13. Evan Gordon and Jeremy Anderson each garnered 17 tallies, to lead the Flames past Gardner-Webb, 69-61. This season, the Flames clashed with the Runnin' Bulldogs on New Year's Eve, forcing the contest into overtime and winning in the extra period, 64-62. After knotting the contest at the end of regulation with two free throws, Jesse Sanders came through in the clutch during the extra period, knocking down a short jumper with four seconds remaining to give the Flames the victory. Sanders and Gordon led all scorers with 19 apiece. Luke Davis finished with 17 for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
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