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Flames Meet George Mason on Sunday

December 30, 2007  Fairfax, Va.  RSS
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Flames Meet George Mason on Sunday

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Liberty closes out the 2007 calendar year on the road when the Flames invade the Patriot Center, to take on the George Mason Patriots, on Sunday evening. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. Friday's contest will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WWMC 90.9 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing play-by-play. Additionally, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. The game will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Jack Armstrong calling the action.

Liberty Update
The Flames enter tonight's contest coming off its fifth-straight home victory when Liberty topped Campbell on Friday night, 68-61. Alex McLean led the Flames with 22 points and six rebounds.

The win snapped the Flames' two-game skid. Liberty had dropped games on the road at Campbell and Virginia Tech. After leading at the half against the Hokies, Virginia Tech opened the second stanza on an 8-0 run, catapulting them to a 58-46 victory. Alex McLean scored 14 points for the Flames in a losing cause.

B.J. Jenkins and McLean each scored 20 points in a loss at Campbell on
Dec. 15.

Liberty versus George Mason
Tonight's contest is the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools in basketball. George Mason leads the series, 3-2. Tonight marks the first contest in the series since Feb. 4, 1992, when the Flames were victorious 69-55 inside the Vines Center. The Flames have won two-straight in the series. Liberty defeated the Patriots twice during the 1991-92 campaign, winning in Fairfax, 100-89, on Dec. 21, 1991.

All-Time Series Results
Feb. 4, 1992 W (69-55) Lynchburg
Dec. 21, 1991 W (100-89) Fairfax, Va.
Feb. 20, 1989 L (74-86) Lynchburg
Jan. 18, 1988 L (83-92) Fairfax, Va.
Feb. 17, 1987 L (74-92) Fairfax, Va.

Recent Success Against George Mason
Despite not playing a game in the series for 16 years until this year, the Flames have won two-straight against George Mason.

Liberty versus the Colonial Athletic Association
The Flames are 10-29 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association. The last time Liberty faced a CAA school was on Dec. 7, 2004, when the Flames dropped a home contest to Old Dominion, 70-54. Liberty's last win against a CAA school came on Nov. 26, 2002, when William & Mary fell inside the Vines Center, 62-61.

Ritchie McKay versus the Colonial Athletic Association
Ritchie McKay has never faced an active member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Prior to the season, McKay did hold a 1-0 advantage over a current member of the conference, with a 90-88 victory on Dec. 2, 2002, over Northeastern, when McKay was at New Mexico. Northeastern at the time, was in the America East Conference.

McLean Passes Scarborough on Liberty's All-Time Scoring List
Alex McLean tallied 14 points at Virginia Tech on Dec. 19, giving the senior 629 markers in his career. That pushes him into 34th all-time in the Liberty annals, past FTN Color Analyst and former Flame, Tim Scarborough, who scored 616 points during his four-year career.

McLean reached the broadcaster's mark in 41 career games, 46 fewer games than Scarborough. McLean now has 651 career points.

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

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.