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Flames Host Radford on Senior Night

February 29, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will host arch rival Radford Saturday night.

Liberty will host arch rival Radford Saturday night.

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Game Preview
Liberty concludes the regular season, as inter-state rival, the Radford Highlanders enter the Vines Center, Saturday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday's contest will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and the Flames Television Network with Ray Jones providing play-by-play, Tim Scarborough adding color commentary and Samantha Steele patrolling the sidelines. There will be a radio broadcast that 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. There will also be a live video stream of the broadcast via the Big South EDGE, available on

Liberty Update
The Flames enter tonight's contest in the midst of a three-game losing streak. It's the first time all season since the opening three games that the Flames have dropped three games in a row. The most recent setback was a 81-79 defeat against VMI on Tuesday. Anthony Smith led Liberty with 23 points.

The second setback in the current losing streak was a 79-68 defeat at non-conference foe Longwood on Feb. 22. Smith led the Flames with 24 points, while Alex McLean chipped in 23 point in the losing cause. Prior to the Longwood defeat, Liberty dropped an 87-82 contest at Charleston Southern on Feb. 18. Smith and TeeJay Bannister each tallied 20 points in the losing effort. Bannister added 12 assists to go with his career high in points.

Liberty versus Radford
Tonight's contest marks the 52nd all-time meeting between the rival schools in basketball, in a series that started on Jan. 28, 1975. Radford leads the series, 30-21. Liberty won for only the third time in 23 attempts at Radord last season, as the Flames were victorious, 64-48, inside the Dedmon Center. The other two road wins came in 1995 and 1997.

Liberty has won three of the last four series meetings played in the Vines Center, including last year's 80-66 triumph. Liberty won seven of eight in the series from Feb. 26, 1994 through Feb. 28, 1997. The Highlanders only victory during that span occurred during the Flames' 1996 trip to the Dedmon Center.

All-Time Series Results

Feb. 2, 2008 L (88-89) Radford, Va.
Feb. 24, 2007 W (64-48) Radford, Va.
Jan. 9, 2007 W (80-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 18, 2006 L (54-69) Radford, Va.
Jan. 7, 2006 L (50-60) Lynchburg
Feb. 19, 2005 W (67-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 29, 2005 L (64-69) Radford, Va.
Feb. 28, 2004 W (50-49) Lynchburg
Jan. 14, 2004 L (76-83) Radford, Va.
Mar. 7, 2003 L (52-55) Lynchburg
Feb. 28, 2003 L (56-81) Radford, Va.
Jan. 18, 2003 W (81-66) Lynchburg
Feb. 23, 2002 W (78-69) Lynchburg
Jan. 26, 2002 L (60-79) Radford, Va.
Feb. 24, 2001 L (77-94) Radford, Va.
Jan. 27, 2001 L (57-77) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 2000 L (62-68) Lynchburg
Jan. 29, 2000 L (66-85) Radford, Va.
Feb. 20, 1999 L (68-97) Radford, Va.
Jan. 30, 1999 L (60-86) Lynchburg
Feb. 21, 1998 L (82-91) Lynchburg
Jan. 31, 1998 L (59-77) Radford, Va.
Feb. 28, 1997 W (85-73) Lynchburg
Feb. 22, 1997 W (89-75) Radford, Va.
Feb. 1, 1997 W (70-63) Lynchburg
Feb. 3, 1996 W (53-50) Lynchburg
Jan. 15, 1996 L (65-71) * Radford, Va.
Feb. 25, 1995 W (68-57) Radford, Va.
Jan. 14, 1995 W (64-52) Lynchburg
Feb. 26, 1994 W (75-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 16, 1994 L (68-82) Radford, Va.
Mar. 4, 1993 L (69-73) Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 27, 1993 L (74-79) Radford, Va.
Jan. 28, 1993 W (94-74) Lynchburg
Jan. 27, 1992 W (92-77) Lynchburg
Jan. 16, 1992 L (74-76) Radford, Va.
Feb, 13, 1984 W (53-48) Lynchburg
Jan. 14, 1984 L (70-91) Radford, Va.
Feb. 14, 1983 W (67-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 19, 1983 L (63-71) Radford, Va.
Feb. 20, 1982 L (63-72) Radford, Va.
Dec. 14, 1981 L (52-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 24, 1981 L (71-79) * Radford, Va.
Dec. 16, 1980 L (60-61) Lynchburg
Feb. 5, 1980 L (61-79) Radford, Va.
Dec. 17, 1979 W (79-70) Lynchburg
Feb. 6, 1979 W (68-67) Lynchburg
Dec. 18, 1978 L (66-68) Radford, Va.
Feb. 12, 1976 L (76-80) Radford, Va.
Jan. 24, 1976 W (85-73) Lynchburg
Jan. 28, 1975 W (99-85) Lynchburg
* - Overtime Game

Current Flames With Notable Games Versus Radford
B.J. Jenkins (21 points at Radford, Feb. 2, 2008)
TeeJay Bannister (19 points and nine assists at Radford, Feb. 2, 2008)
Alex McLean (16 points and 11 rebounds at Radford, Feb. 24, 2007)
Anthony Smith (11 points and eight rebounds at Radford, Feb. 24, 2007)
Alex McLean (18 points and eight rebounds vs. Radford, Jan. 9, 2007)
Anthony Smith (17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Radford, Jan. 9, 2007)
Anthony Smith (13 points at Radford, Feb. 18, 2006)

McKay Versus the Big South Conference
Head coach Ritchie McKay is 7-7 all-time against the Big South Conference. Two of the seven victories have come against Charleston Southern. The first came last season when McKay's Lobo team at New Mexico defeated Charleston Southern, 76-69. The second was on Jan. 19.

Anderson Leading Big South
Freshman Jeremy Anderson is leading the Big South in three-point shooting (44.6) during conference games, 2.6 percent higher than second place Chris Moore (42.0) from Charleston Southern.

When Holding Opponents Under 70
The Flames are 12-5 when their opponents score less than 70 points and 2-10 when their opposition tallies more than 70 points. Liberty's wins over Niagara (86-81) and VMI (87-81) are the two occasions when Liberty won a game while allowing over 70 points.

January vs. February
Liberty went 6-2 in the month of January before going 2-6 in February.

Alex McLean One of Three
Alex McLean is one of three players in the Big South Conference to rank in the Top 5 in the conference in both scoring (16.2) and rebounding (8.8).

Liberty On Mark
Liberty is the only team in the conference with two players connecting on over 50 percent of their field goal attempts. Alex McLean is hitting 56.3 percent while Anthony Smith is connecting 50.9 percent.

Liberty Setting Records
Liberty has tallied 251 three-point field goals this season, breaking the 1994 team's school record of 211. Liberty also broke the season record for three-point attempts (670) with their 676 attempts this season. Despite setting a record for attempts, the team's success rate of 37.1 percent is currently the third-best season mark in the Liberty annals.

Looking For Win Number 15
Liberty's next win will be number 15 on the season, marking the second-highest win total by a Liberty basketball team since 1997's 23 win campaign. The only team to accumulate more wins since 1997 was the 2004 team that reached 18 wins with their Big South Championship squad.

Liberty Ranking in the Nation
Liberty ranks No. 30 in three-point field goals per game (8.7), No. 44 in assists per game (15.9), No. 47 in free throw percentage (73.3) and No. 51 in assists to turnover ratio (1.2).

Liberty Ranking in the Nation Part II
In addition to TeeJay Bannister ranking No. 3 in assists, Alex McLean ranks No. 42 in field goal percentage (56.3) and No. 45 in rebounding (8.8).

Alex McLean Grabs 500th Career Rebound
Senior Alex McLean pulled down his 500th career rebound against Winthrop on Feb. 12. The milestone makes McLean the only two-year letterwinner in program history to accomplish such a feat in two years. All other members of Liberty's 500 rebound club played at least three seasons on Liberty Mountain. McLean joined Jason Dixon (467) and Dan Kennard (471) as the only two-year letterwinners to reach the 400 rebound milestone. Dixon and McLean are the only ones to accomplish the feat since Liberty's move to NCAA Division I.