Game Day Central Game Notes
The Game The Liberty men's basketball team returns to action, Wednesday, kicking off the Big South Conference slate on the road at Campbell. The Flames have won the previous five meetings with the Camels and lead the all-time series, 13-10. In the most recent meeting, Liberty bested Campbell inside Gore Arena, 79-59. Tipoff for the New Year's Eve clash is set for 2 p.m.
What to Watch for - Liberty has previously played on New Year's Eve five times in program history, three of which have occurred during Dale Layer's tenure as head coach. The Flames are 3-2 when playing on the last day of the calendar year. Liberty's last game on New Year's Eve occurred on Dec. 31, 2012, resulting in a 63-62 win for the Flames at Western Carolina.
- Ethan Layer received the first start of his collegiate career, Sunday, tying his career high with 11 points. Coincidentally, Layer is returning to the place where he first recorded his career high – Gore Arena (Dec. 1, 2011). That day, Layer went 3-of-6 from three-point land and 2-of-3 at the foul line.
- Ryan Kemrite also earned his first collegiate start on Sunday, pacing the Flames' offense with a career-high 13 points. Kemrite's point total marked his second double-digit scoring performance after posting 11 points at Virginia Tech.
- Joe Retic continues to spread the wealth even after the holidays, dishing out seven assists on Sunday. The point guard has now had seven games with six or more dimes, this season.
- Andrew Smith is the only Flame on the active roster to post double-digit scoring figures inside Gore Arena, last season, finishing with 12 points. The Camels are very familiar with the senior, as two of his SportsCenter Top 10 dunks have come against Campbell.
- In games away from the Vines Center, the Flames are averaging 56.5 points per game while allowing 67.0 ppg (-10.5). Dale Layer's squad is shooting 41.0 percent (120-of-293), with opponents shooting 43.1 percent (134-of-311). Liberty is also giving up 19.3 turnovers per game, forcing its opponents to commit just under 14. In terms of rebounding, the Flames are pulling down 33.8 boards, compared to 32.5 for the opposition.
Notes and Anecdotes - Before taking over as the head coach at Campbell for the 2013-14 season, Kevin McGeehan spent the last eight years as an assistant coach at Richmond. During his tenure, McGeehan helped guide the Spiders to fi ve postseason appearances, including a trip to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16. While McGeehan was at Richmond, the Spiders hosted the Flames twice, defeating Dale Layer's squad on both occasions (77-61 – Dec. 28, 2011, 84-42 – Nov. 9, 2012).
- Liberty and Campbell had one common opponent during the non-conference slate – UNCW. The Flames lost to the Seahawks at Trask Coliseum in overtime, 73-70 (Dec . 17). Peter Moller netted a game-tying layup with two seconds left in regulation to send the contest to overtime. Joe Retic finished the contest with a career-high 18 points.
- The Camels hosted UNCW six days later, earning a 69-63 decision. D.J. Mason, Reco McCarter and Andrew Ryan each scored 15 points for the Camels, who shot 54 percent from the field and held a 22-14 edge in points off turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points against the Seahawk press.
- Prior to arriving at Liberty, junior forward Theo Johnson played two seasons at College of Charleston. The Camels squared off with the Cougars on Dec. 14. College of Charleston used a 10-0 run to defeats Campbell, 58-47.
Last Time vs. Campbell (Feb. 22, 2014 – Gore Arena) - Despite coming into the contest 1-12 on the road, the Flames broke away early and did not look back in the 79-59 victory.
- Liberty shared the wealth offensively, as five Flames finished with double scoring figures. Davon Marshall led Liberty with a game-high 15 points, followed by Antwan Burrus (14), John Caleb Sanders (13), Andrew Smith (12) and Tomasz Gielo (11). Smith also had a game-high nine rebounds.
- Reco McCarter paced the Camels with 14 points, while Luke Moyer and Leek Leek chipped in 12 and 10 tallies, respectively.
- The Flames shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the field, including 7-of-18 (38.9 percent). Conversely, Campbell shot 36.4 percent (20-of-55) on the afternoon. Liberty controlled the paint, outscoring the Camels inside the lane, 38-22. Entering the contest averaging 13.6 turnovers, Dale Layer's squad finished with eight miscues.
News and Notes vs. Cincinnati Christian - The Liberty men's basketball team closed out is non-conference slate with a win, Sunday, defeating Cincinnati Christian inside the Vines Center, 78-58.
- Redshirt freshman guard Ryan Kemrite led the Flames with a career-high 13 points, hitting 3-of-4 shots from three-point range. Freshman guard Peter Moller garnered 12 points, while redshirt junior guard Ethan Layer also knocked down 3-of-4 three-point attempts to tie his career high with 11 tallies. David Andoh led Liberty with 10 rebounds, while Joe Retic dished out seven assists.
- Liberty shot its second best field goal percentage of the season, going 29-of-53 (54.7 percent) from the field. The Flames also knocked down a season-high nine three-pointers, shooting 60.0 percent from long distance. Liberty held CCU to 30.3 percent shooting (20-of-66) from the field and outscored the Eagles in the paint, 36-18. The Flames' 44 rebounds also ties its second highest mark of the season.
- With the win, Liberty moved to 6-7 on the year, while the Eagles are 12-5. The Flames are now 4-0 all-time against CCU.
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