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Liberty Travels to Virginia Tech Tonight

December 19, 2007  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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TeeJay Bannister and the Flames journey to ACC foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

TeeJay Bannister and the Flames journey to ACC foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

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The Flames conclude a short two-game road trip when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face ACC foe, the Virginia Tech Hokies, Wednesday evening, inside Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday'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
Liberty enters tonight's contest coming off a 73-70 defeat at the hands of the Campbell Camels, breaking the Flames' three-game winning streak. Alex McLean collected his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing cause.

Prior to the loss, Liberty topped future Big South member Presbyterian, 69-47, on Dec. 4, inside the Vines Center. 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.

Liberty versus Virginia Tech
Tonight's contest is the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. Virginia Tech leads the series, 12-3. The Flames are owners of two-straight victories of the Hokies.

All-Time Series Results
Nov. 28, 2000 W (61-56) Blacksburg, Va.
Dec. 11, 1999 W (62-61) Blacksburg, Va.
Nov. 24, 1998 L (51-85) Lynchburg
Dec. 1, 1997 L (47-80) Blacksburg, Va.
Jan. 23, 1997 L (47-59) Lynchburg
Feb. 13, 1996 L (53-56) Blacksburg, Va.
Jan. 28, 1995 L (80-101) Lynchburg
Jan. 18, 1994 L (65-81) Blacksburg, Va.
Jan. 25, 1993 W (71-65) Blacksburg, Va.
Feb. 24, 1992 L (70-73) Lynchburg
Dec. 18, 1991 L (64-93) Blacksburg, Va.
Jan. 15, 1990 L (61-74) Blacksburg, Va.
Dec. 7, 1982 L (53-71) Lynchburg
Jan. 29, 1980 L (67-91) Blacksburg, Va.
Dec. 8, 1979 L (88-101) Blacksburg, Va.

Flames in Blacksburg
Tonight marks the 11th all-time meeting in Blacksburg during the series with Virginia Tech, including the third-straight contest in Cassell Coliseum.

Liberty versus the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Flames are 4-24 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of the wins came against the Hokies and the fourth was tallied versus Virginia.

Ritchie McKay versus the Atlantic Coast Conference
Ritchie McKay is 0-3 versus current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. McKay faced Duke when he was at Portland State and fell victim twice to Wake Forest during his tenure at New Mexico.

ACC Back on Liberty's Schedule
Tonight marks the first time Liberty has faced an opponent from the ACC since they faced Virginia to open the 2005-06 season.

Jeremy Anderson Makes Debut
Freshman Jeremy Anderson appeared in his first contest on Saturday against Campbell for the Flames this season after battling with an injury with his right foot. Anderson scored six points on 2-of-4 shooting, while playing 15 minutes.

Hargrave Connection
Nathan Campbell was teammates with Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen and Dorenzo Hudson at Chatham's Hargrave Military Academy last season.

Rell Porter Will Play in His 100th Career Game at Virginia Tech
Senior Rell Porter has currently played in 99 contests during his Liberty career. Tonight's contest at Virginia Tech should mark the 100th game in which he has appeared for the Flames. The Liberty record for games played is 122, set by Larry Blair last year. Porter is set to become the 25th player in program history to appear in 100 career games. Should Porter appear in every game this year, he will reach 120 career games played during the quarterfinal of the Big South Championship, which would place him tied for second with Karl Hess (1977-1980) and Steve Isaacs (1980-83). The Big South record is 123, set last season by Winthrop's Craig Bradshaw and Philip Williams.