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Flames Leave Radford With Win, 60-55

January 23, 2010  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Carter McMasters finished with nine points and four rebounds in Liberty's 60-55 win over Radford.

Carter McMasters finished with nine points and four rebounds in Liberty's 60-55 win over Radford.

Coming off a setback at High Point on Thursday, the Liberty men's basketball team (10-11, 5-4 BSC) paid a visit to the Dedmon Center on Saturday against second-place Radford.

In their second straight-game without senior leading scorer Kyle Ohman, the Flames kept the contest close, setting the stage for the visitors to take control of the lead in the final nine and half minutes to edge out the Highlanders, 60-55.

With the win, Liberty hands Radford its third conference loss in five games, snapping its own two-game losing skid in the process. The victory marks Liberty's third win in its last four trips to the Dedmon Center.

Patrick Konan kick started the Flames offense, netting a layup to give the Flames an early 2-0 lead at 19:09. Following a made free throw from Radford's Art Parakhouski, Konan found the nylon again, making it 4-1 at 18:08.

Parakhouski returned the favor 63 seconds later, sinking a short jumper to pull within one, 4-3.
Radford went without a field goal for nearly two minutes, scoring solely from the charity stripe. During the span, Liberty received buckets from Jesse Sanders, Antwan Burrus and Evan Gordon, giving the Flames a four-point lead, 10-6, until Amir Johnson hit a jump shot to cut it to a pair at 15:15.

The Highlanders knotted the contest at 14:17, as Joey Lynch-Flohr laid it in to tie the game at 10. The Flames countered 24 seconds later with a trey from Jeremy Anderson to go up 13-10.

Both teams went scoreless from the field over the next three minutes, but Radford managed to even the score from the foul line, hitting three free throws to knot it at 13. The Highlanders took the lead with 10:40 remaining in the opening period, when Lazar Trifunovic nailed a jumper to put Radford up by a deuce, 15-13.

The home team proceeded to create at six-point bulge nearly three minutes later, courtesy of two more shots from Trifunovic to make it 19-13 at 7:42. The Flames answered with a four-point spurt with free throws from Sanders and a Konan layup to trail by a pair, 19-17, at 6:25.

Radford then went on a 6-0 run over the next 1:41, pulling out to an eight-point lead, 25-17 with 4:44 left in the half. The Flames answered again, as Gordon netted five-straight points from the field, hitting a jumper and a trey to cut it to one possession, 25-22, at 4:04.

Following a layup from Parakhouski, Radford extended the margin to six, as Lynch-Flohr hit a shot from the foul line, making it 28-22 with 2:49 left.

Liberty cut it back to three, 29-26, with only 1:04 remaining thanks to a jumper from Chris Perez. After a basket by Trifunovic put Radford up by five, Jesse Sanders hit a buzzer beating jumper to send the Flames into the locker room at halftime with only a three-point deficit, 31-28.

Parakhouski finished the half with a double-double, posting 14 tallies and 11 boards in the opening period. Trifunovic chipped in eight points in the first 20 minutes, adding four boards to his scoring efforts.

Gordon led way for the Flames with seven points, followed by Konan and Sanders who tallied six, respectively.

The Flames shot 50.0 percent from the field in the half, hitting 12-of-14 shots. Radford hit 11-of-36 shots (30.6 percent), but was compensated at the charity stripe, hitting nine shots.

The home team altered the scoreboard first in the second half, as Lynch-Flohr laid it in at 19:40, to give Radford a five-point edge, 33-28.

Both teams went scoreless over the next 2:35, until Parakhouski netted another layup to extend it to seven at 17:05, 35-28.

Liberty and Radford then swapped baskets during the next 1:36, as Sanders cut the deficit back to five 35-30 with a layup. Following Sanders' basket, Blake Smith reclaimed the seven-point advantage for Radford, hitting a jumper to make it 37-30 at 16:39.

The Flames erased Radford's lead in a little over four minutes, going on a 7-0 spurt with a bucket from Gordon and a McMasters trey and jumper to knot it at 37 with 11:22 left.

The Highlanders broke up the stalemate at 10:25, when Parakhouski threw down a two-handed jam, igniting the Dedmon Center crowd and giving Highlanders a two-point cushion, 39-37.

The momentum shifted on the next possession, when Anderson hit a lead-changing trey, which put the Flames up by one at 9:59. Parakhouski answered just nine seconds later, swishing a jumper to regain the advantage for Radford, 41-40. The Highlanders' lead was short-lived, as the Flames netted seven-straight points, pulling away by six with 7:04 remaining in the contest, 47-41.

Radford chipped away at Liberty's lead over the next 2:52, reducing it to a pair, 49-47, with a Smith jumper.

The Flames extended its cushion with only 2:15 left on the clock, when Gordon nailed a dagger to put the visitors up by six again.

In the closing minutes, Radford attempted to trim the lead, but were forced to send the Flames to the foul line, allowing Liberty to escape with the victory, 60-55.

Liberty improves to 10-11 overall with the win and 5-4 in conference play, while Radford falls to 10-8 on the season and 6-3 in the Big South.

Gordon and Sanders each finished with 16 tallies. Sanders' performance tied a career-high, dating back Liberty's final contest of the 2008-09 season against James Madison in the CollegeInsider Tournament (March 23, 2009).

Despite the loss, Parakhouski still achieved numbers above his season averages, concluding the contest with 28 points and 15 boards.

Liberty hit 23-of-50 from the field (46.0 percent), holding the Highlanders to 32.8 percent (20-of-61 shooting).

The Flames return to the Vines Center on Thursday, playing host to VMI. Liberty took the first matchup with the Keydets this season in Lexington, Va., rallying after being down 18 points in the first half to take the contest, 110-102, on Jan. 2. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Radford steps out of conference play on Monday, travelling to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on James Madison at 7 p.m.