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December 15, 2007  Buies Creek, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty travels to Campbell tonight.

Liberty travels to Campbell tonight.

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Game Preview
Liberty begins a mini two-game road trip when they travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to face the Fighting Camels of Campbell, Saturday evening, inside Carter Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., or thirty minutes following the conclusion of Campbell's women's game versus Iona.

Tonight's game is a throwback of sorts. Campbell is a former member of the Big South Conference. The contest serves as the first of two, which will be played this season between the two programs. Saturday's contest will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing play-by-play. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available.

Liberty Update
The Flames enter tonight's contest in the midst of a three-game winning streak. Last time out Liberty topped future Big South member Presbyterian, 69-47, on Dec. 4, inside the Vines Center. Alex McLean led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds.

The Flames entered the Presbyterian game on the heels of its second straight
victory, an 86-81 triumph over Niagara on Dec. 1, a team that has three-straight postseason appearances (two NCAA, one NIT) to its credit. Anthony Smith connected on a three-point bucket with 23 seconds remaining, putting Liberty ahead for good. B.J. Jenkins tallied a career-high 24 points in the victory. The Flames' winning streak started when Liberty rolled to a 91-67 home victory over Longwood on Nov. 27.

McLean tallied a season-high 33 points, a national high for the day, while pulling down 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Liberty versus Campbell
Tonight's contest is the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Campbell leads the series, 8-7. The last time Liberty met Campbell on the hardwood was March 7, 1994, the day Liberty claimed its first Big South Championship over the Fighting Camels with a 76-62 triumph in Charleston, S.C.

All-Time Series Results
March 7, 1994 W (76-62) * Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 3, 1994 W (60-55) Lynchburg
Jan. 27, 1994 L (60-63) Buies Creek, N.C.
Feb. 6, 1993 W (73-63) Lynchburg
Jan. 18, 1993 W (70-50) Buies Creek, N.C.
March 6, 1992 L (51-53) * Anderson, S.C.
Feb. 17, 1992 W (77-58) Lynchburg
Jan. 9, 1992 W (73-71) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 22, 1990 L (72-76) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 17, 1989 W (73-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 7, 1988 L (62-72) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 1, 1983 L (50-58) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 26, 1981 L (83-94) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 24, 1977 L (88-125) Buies Creek, N.C.
Jan. 5, 1976 L (78-85) Buies Creek, N.C.

* - Big South Championship contest

Current Success Against Campbell
Despite not playing a game in the series for 13 years, the Flames have won four of the last five meetings and seven of the last 10 in this series, including two straight.

Liberty versus the Atlantic Sun Conference
The Flames are 8-19 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. However, none of the eight wins came against a member institution during its current reign in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Seven of the wins came against Campbell and one came against Belmont. Liberty beat Belmont 79-63 during the 1997-98 season, four years before the Bruins entered the Atlantic Sun.

Liberty has notched three victories against former members of the conference
while they were active participants. Liberty topped Centenary, 73-71, during the 1995-96 campaign. The Flames were victorious over Florida Atlantic, 84-79, during the 2002-03 season and they topped Florida International, 67-51, a game that was part of the 1996-97 schedule.

Ritchie McKay versus the Atlantic Sun Conference
Ritchie McKay has never faced a current member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. McKay does hold a 1-0 advantage over the conference, with an 88-66 victory on Dec. 29, 2004, over Troy State, when McKay was at New Mexico. Troy State left for the Sun Belt Conference the following year.

Early Start
Liberty played its ninth game of the season on Dec. 4 against Presbyterian. The contest is two weeks earlier than last season when the Flames faced Buffalo on Dec. 18, Liberty's ninth contest of the 2006-07 campaign.

Alex McLean and His Three-Point Shot
Alex McLean has three career three-point field goals. All three buckets have come at Longwood's expense. McLean has gone 1-of-1 from behind the arc in each of his three appearances against the Lancers.

Alex McLean Scores 30
Alex McLean's 33 points on Nov. 27 against Longwood tied for the sixth-best scoring performance by a Flame inside the Vines Center. His performance matched former teammate Larry Blair's output against UNC Asheville on Feb. 6, 2006.

TeeJay Bannister Lending an Assist
TeeJay Bannister is dishing out 5.9 assists per game this year. The average is the highest by a Flame since Kenny Gunn registered 6.5 helpers during the 1983-84 campaign. Bannister wasn't born until the June following that season.

Currently Bannister's assist average is the highest of any senior in program history, nudging Karl Hess and his 5.5 average in 1980, from the top spot.

TeeJay Bannister Approaches 300 Career Assists
TeeJay Bannister currently has 285 assists in his collegiate career. Bannister registered 238 during his three years at Virginia. The senior currently has 47 helpers for the Flames this season. Liberty Shooting Well The Flames have shot 58.3 percent (91-of-156) from the floor during their last three games, all of which were home wins. Liberty has also hit 44.8 percent (26-of-58) of its attempts from behind the three-point arc during the same span. Against Niagara (Dec.1) was the first time this season Liberty eclipsed the 60-percent shooting mark. During Liberty's first six games, the team shot 40.6 percent from the floor and 29.0 percent from three-point range. Liberty was 2-4 during that span.

Matching a Record
Anthony Smith tied a Vines Center record with his seven three-point field goals against Longwood on Nov. 27. Smith matched former teammate Larry Blair, who set the mark when he made seven against High Point on March 6, 2004.