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MBB Game Day Central: Delaware

December 30, 2013  Newark, Del.  RSS
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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Game Day Central

Complete Game Notes

The Game
After posting a season-high 92 points against Southeastern on Saturday, the Liberty men's basketball will ring in the new year on the road against Delaware. The contest marks the first-ever meeting between the Flames and the CAA member. Liberty is looking for its first true road win this season, while the Blue Hens are playing in just their third home contest of the year. Tipoff inside the Bob Carpenter Center is slated for 3 p.m.

Minimal Mistakes
Entering Saturday's game against Southeastern averaging 14.8 turnovers, Liberty concluded the night committing just seven miscues, the fewest since committing seven in a 66-56 defeat at Winthrop on Feb. 2. The last time Liberty committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game was during its 2013 Big South Championship final win over Charleston Southern on March 10, 2013. Liberty finished with eight turnovers in the 87-76 victory.

Painting a Bigger Picture
Against Southeastern, Liberty scored a season-high 58 points in the paint. Prior to the performance, Liberty had not posted above 50 points in the paint during a contest in nearly four years. The Flames' 58 points in the paint are the most since recording 66 in a 91-73 win over VMI on Jan. 28, 2010.

Coming into his Own
In his first 10 games of the season, Joe Retic posted 34 points (3.4 ppg) on 8-of-21 shooting (.381) from the field and 18-of-26 shooting (.692) at the foul line. In the last two games combined, Retic has recorded 28 points (14.0 ppg) on 9-of-15 shooting (.600) from the field and an 8-of-9 effort (.889) at the charity stripe.

New Year's Day Games
Wednesday's contest marks Liberty's fourth New Year's Day game and the first since 2005, when the Flames fell at Seton Hall, 82-45. Liberty is currently 0-3 on New Year's Day, with the other two games occurring in 1983 and 1987.