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MBB Game Day Central: High Point

January 20, 2012  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Flames guard David Minaya

Flames guard David Minaya

Game Day Central Page

Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7 p.m.  vs. High Point

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
After a narrow overtime loss to Winthrop at home last week, the Liberty men's basketball team looks to rebound on the road Saturday against High Point. Since the series began in 1998, the Flames have garnered just four road wins in the near 14-year span against the Panthers. However, Liberty leads the all-time series, 17-11.

High Point enters Saturday's contest with a 7-12 overall record and a 3-6 posting in conference play. The Panthers are currently on a three-game losing skid, suffering a home loss to current conference leader UNC Asheville and a pair of road defeats to Radford and VMI. Tipoff for Saturday's matchup between the Flames and the Panthers inside the Millis Center is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
The Liberty men's basketball team nearly squeaked out a win against Winthrop in the Vines Center, Saturday night. After experiencing its first overtime this season, the Flames finished just shy of the victory, falling to the Eagles, 64-61.

The Flames overtime period marked its first in almost a year since defeating UNC Asheville in the Vines Center, 83-81, on Jan. 27, 2011.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 6-14 on the season and 1-7 in Big South play. Winthrop moves to 7-11 overall and 4-3 in conference action.

John Caleb Sanders finished with a game-high 20 points. Jesse Sanders followed up with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for Saturday's contest, with Alan York providing the play-by-play. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. The game will also be video streamed live on the Big South Network.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads High Point, 17-11
Current Streak: High Point won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record at Millis Center: 4-9
Last Meeting: High 66, Liberty 60 (Feb. 24, 2011)
Last Meeting at Millis Center: Liberty 66, High Point 60 (Jan. 21, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 311-237 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 40-43 (Third)
Record vs. High Point: 3-2

High Point Head Coach: Scott Cherry
Overall Record (Season): 34-46 (Third)
Record at High Point (Season): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 2-3

Notes and Anecdotes
- The Panthers brought an end to the Flames season last year. Entering the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship as the No. 2 seed, Liberty hosted No. 7 High Point in the first round, falling 66-60. Shay Shine paced the Panthers with 26 points. Jesse Sanders led Liberty with 15 tallies.

- After suffering a tough 83-51 defeat in the Millis Center during the 2009-10 season (Jan. 21, 2010), the Flames turned the tables last season, edging the Panthers inside the facility, 66-60 (Jan. 13, 2011). John Brown came up big down the stretch for the Flames, scoring six points in the final 3:30 to lead Liberty to victory. Brown finished the contest with a double-double, his third straight and ninth of the season at the time, posting 14 points and 10 boards.

- David Minaya spent one season at Tennessee Tech (2007-08) playing for head coach Mike Sutton before transferring to Liberty. That year, the Golden Eagles went 13-19 overall and 10-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). High Point's head coach Scott Cherry also spent one season with the Golden Eagles, serving as an assistant coach during Sutton first year as head coach (2002-03). Cherry helped Tennessee Tech finish 20-12 overall and 11-5 in conference action

- Liberty is looking for its first conference road win of the season.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Winthrop (Jan. 14)
- The Flames overtime period marked its first in almost a year since defeating UNC Asheville in the Vines Center, 83-81, on Jan. 27, 2011.

- John Caleb Sanders finished with a game-high 20 points. Jesse Sanders followed up with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

- A combined score of 45 points marked the lowest in one half during a Liberty game this season. Twenty three points also tied the lowest allowed by the Flames in a half this season. Liberty also held Randolph College to 23 points in the first half on Nov. 9.

- Liberty finished with 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field in the contest, while the Eagles shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) on the night. Winthrop controlled the paint in the contest, outpointing the home team, 36-24. The Eagles also won the rebound battle, 46-37.

- The Flames outscored the Eagles from behind the three-point arc, 18-12, finishing with more made three-pointers than its opponent (6-4) since the season opener against No. 19 Texas A&M (Nov. 9), when Liberty hit five compared to the Aggies one.

Miscellaneous Notes
-Prior to Liberty's six three-pointers against Winthrop, the Flames had a combine three treys in games against VMI and Radford. Liberty finished with two three-pointers against the Keydets and one against the Highlanders. The last time Liberty had zero three-point field goals in a game was Feb. 1, 2005 against High Point.

- Liberty is starting 1-4 in January for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Liberty went 14-17 overall and 8-6 in conference play.

- The last time Liberty started the season 1-7 on the road was the 2007-08 campaign. The Flames finished with 16-16 overall record and a 7-7 posting in conference play.

- Jesse Sanders is 20 assists away from passing Karl Hess (648, 1977-80) as Liberty's all-time assist leader. Sanders also needs 55 rebounds to surpass Mike Coleman (1989-92) for fifth all-time on Liberty's career rebounding list.

- Jesse Sanders is currently leading the Flames in points (12.6 ppg), rebounds (7.9 rpg) and assists (7.9 apg). The Sugar Land Texas native is one of seven players in country leading his team in all three categories. Sanders is third in the country in assists and is the only player in the country averaging at least six rebounds and six assists per game.

- The Flames enter Saturday's matchup with a balanced offensive attack, with five players averaging double scoring figures.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 236 tallies through 20 games this season. Sanders' minutes are up dramatically this season. After averaging 12.4 minutes per game in 2010-11, the Sugar Land, Texas native is averaging 26.1 per game, this year.