John Brown needs just one more double-double to tie Alex McLean (2008) and Mike Coleman (1990) for most double-doubles in a single season (15).
Game Day Central Liberty looks to bounce back from its longest losing skid of the season on Saturday, as the Flames take on Presbyterian College. With a win, Liberty can garner its sixth 20-win season in program history and add to its unprecedented season total of conference wins. The Flames are also seeking their sixth sweep of a conference opponent this season. Tipoff for Saturday's tilt is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Entering Saturday's contest, the Blue Hose are 12-18 overall and 6-11 in conference play. Presbyterian College is coming off a narrow 80-74 loss to VMI on Thursday. Four Blue Hose finished in double scoring figures – Walt Allen (19), Khalid Mutakabbir (14), Pierre Miller and Josh Johnson (10). However, PC was unable to stop Austin Kenon and the Keydets, as VMI left the Templeton Center with the victory.
With Alonzo Coleman (14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) sidelined due to injury, Mutakabbir is the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. Jake Troyli is also averaging double scoring figures with 10.3 points per game. Liberty currently holds a 5-3 edge over the Blue Hose in the budding Big South series. The Flames gained the lead last season, sweeping the regular season series, 2-0. Liberty took the first contest inside the Templeton Center on Jan.7, 77-67. Kyle Ohman led the Flames with 23 points, followed by Evan Gordon with 22. Antwan Burrus recorded his first career double-double, posting 10 points and 10 boards in the contest.
In the second meeting, the Flames edged the Blue Hose in the Vines Center on Feb. 6, 60-57. Burrus had a near double-double in the contest, recording 18 points and nine rebounds. Jake Troyli led the way for Presbyterian College with 20 points.
Despite trailing for three-fourths of the contest during the first meeting with Blue Hose this season Dec. 2, the Flames rallied in the final 10 minutes, besting Presbyterian College in the Vines Center, 70-61.
John Brown led all scorers with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Jake Troyli was PC's leading scorer with 17, followed closely by Khalid Mutakabbir with 16. Jesse Sanders finished with 14 points for the Flames, followed by younger brother John Caleb Sanders, who chipped in 11 off the bench.
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