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MBB Game Day Central: Campbell

February 24, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames guard John Caleb Sanders

Flames guard John Caleb Sanders

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

Complete Game Notes

TV Coverage:

MASN – Regional Coverage
Game will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m.  vs. Campbell

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team closes out the regular season inside the Vines Center on Saturday, playing host to Campbell. The Fighting Camels (17-13, 11-6 BSC) enter the contest tied for second with Coastal Carolina in the conference standings. The Flames, who edged the Chanticleers on Thursday, are looking for a chance to earn a top six seed with a win on Saturday.

The Camels won the first meeting in the Big South opener on Dec. 1, defeating Liberty inside Gore Arena, 96-82. Liberty lost five straight contests after that game, but since then have won eight of its last 11 Big South matchups, including four straight. Tipoff is slated 7 p.m.

Simple Math
Liberty Win Saturday + Winthrop or VMI Loss = Top Six Seed and First Round Bye in Big South Championship

Recent Results
Liberty kept its hopes of claiming a top six seed for the Big South Championship alive on Thursday, edging Coastal Carolina, 61-57, inside the Vines Center.

The Flames victory over the Chanticleers snaps Coastal Carolina's five-game winning streak against Liberty. Prior to the Thursday's win, Liberty's last victory over the Chanticleers occurred on Feb. 16, 2009, when the Flames bested Coastal Carolina, 85-82. Liberty now leads the all-time series, 26-23.

After starting the season 0-6 in conference play, Liberty (13-17, 8-9 Big South) has won eight of its last 11 league matchups, including four straight contests. With the defeat, Coastal Carolina falls to 18-10 on the season and 11-6 in conference action.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Camels will be broadcast live on MASN with Matt Hogue providing the play-by-play and Nate Ross serving as the color analyst.

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:
Campbell leads, 10-8
Current Streak: Campbell won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record at Home: 5-1
First Meeting: Campbell 85, Liberty 78 (Jan. 5, 1976)
Last Meeting: Campbell 96, Liberty 82 (Dec. 1, 2011)
Liberty's last victory: Liberty 68, Campbell 61 (Dec. 28, 2007)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 318-240 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 47-46 (Third)
Record vs. Campbell:  0-1

Campbell Head Coach: Robbie Laing
Overall Record (Seasons): 101-163 (Ninth Season)
Record at Campbell (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 2-1

Notes and Anecdotes
- Campbell has not beaten Liberty on the Flames' home turf since the very first meeting on Jan. 5, 1976, when the Camels defeated Liberty, 85-78. At the time, Liberty played its home games at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Va.. The Flames moved into the Schilling Center nearly four years later, hosting games in the facility for the next 11 years until the construction and completion of the Vines Center.

In the last meeting:
- Trey Freeman led the Camels with a game-high 28 points. White and Ferguson accompanied Freeman's scoring effort with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

- Joel Vander Pol posted a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Flames. Vander Pol set a career highs in steals (2) and free throws made, going 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.

- Ethan Layer came off the bench, scoring 11 points in 11 minutes with 3-of-6 shooting from three-point land and 2-of-3 from the foul line.

- Campbell, who came into the night ranked No. 2 in the country in shooting percentage, concluded the night shooting 55.6 percent, hitting 30-of-54 shots. Liberty finished with 42.9 percent shooting (27-of-63). Liberty outscored the Camels from the bench, 30-18.

- The contest was a physical battle, with the two teams combining to commit 60 total fouls during the 40 minutes of action. Both teams took advantage of their time at the charity stripe, hitting more than 70 percent from the line. Campbell knocked down 33-of-43 free throws (74.4 percent), while Liberty was 24-of-33 (72.7 percent) from the line.

- The Liberty defense held Eric Griffin, who came in as the conference's leading scorer, to nine points and five rebounds. Griffin was limited to one point in the first half.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Coastal Carolina
- David Minaya led the Flames with a game-high 18 points. Joel Vander Pol had a solid night, recording 13 points and six rebounds. The performance marks the 6-10 center's first double-digit scoring contest since recording a career-high 20 points against Campbell (Dec. 20) earlier in the season. Tavares Speaks rounded out Liberty's trio of double-digit scorers with 12 tallies.

- Jesse Sanders had six points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. Sanders rebound total give him 802 career boards, making him the first player in Division I history to record 800 rebounds and 700 assists.

- Kierre Greenwood led the Chanticleers with 16 points, followed by Anthony Raffa (15) and Chris Gradnigo (11).

- Entering the night averaging 49.0 percent from the field, Coastal Carolina was held to 35.7 (20-of-56) percent by the Liberty defense. The Chanticleers managed to find rhythm from behind the three-point arc, shooting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from long range.

- Liberty shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field, marking its fifth straight contest shooting over 45.0 percent. The Flames edged Coastal Carolina on the glass, 37-34. Liberty also outscored the Chanticleers in the paint (24-18), off turnovers (13-3) and off the bench (20-5).

Miscellaneous Notes
- David Minaya has averaged 17.3 ppg in the last four conference games.

- Jesse Sanders is believed to be the only player in Division I history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists.  With six rebounds and four assists Saturday against Morgan State, Sanders is believed to be the first player in Division I to officially record at least 225 rebounds and 225 assists in a season.

- Antwan Burrus' 30-foot three-point buzzer beater to give the Flames a 75-74 win over Charleston Southern on Feb. 9 appeared at No. 2 on ESPN's Sports Center Top 10. The bucket, which was also featured on College Game Day, was the junior's second three-point attempt of his collegiate career. Burrus' other attempt only other attempt occurred during his freshman year against the University of Central Florida (Dec. 29, 2009).

- Three current Flames are listed among the program's Top 35 scorers of all-time – Jesse Sanders (16th, 1,219), David Minaya (29th, 776) and Antwan Burrus (33rd, 732).

- Jesse Sanders is third in the country in assists with 8.0 apg, trailing Iona's Scott Machado (10.1 apg) and North Carolina's Kendall Marshall (9.8 apg). Sanders is averaging 3.2 apg more than Coastal Carolina's Kierre Greenwood, who is second in the Big South in dimes with 4.8 per game.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 345 tallies through 30 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.

- Liberty currently has five players averaging double scoring figures. The Flames have had just one season with five players averaging 10 or more points per game, doing so during the program's second year (1973-74).

- After posting a total of nine double-doubles his first three seasons, Jesse Sanders has 12 this season. Liberty's single-season record is 15, held by Alex McLean (2008) and Mike Coleman (1990).

- Jesse Sanders has 239 assists this season, ranking second in program history behind Ed Gomes (256; 1976) in single season assists. Sanders now has the most single-season dimes of any Liberty senior, surpassing TeeJay Bannister (224, 2008) for the record.