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MBB Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb

February 12, 2010  Boiling Springs, N.C.  RSS
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Antwan Burrus enters Saturday's contest averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 boards per game.

Antwan Burrus enters Saturday's contest averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 boards per game.

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The Game

The Liberty men's basketball team remains on the road on Saturday, squaring off with Gardner-Webb. The contest marks the seventh meeting between the two squads, with the all-time series tied, 3-3. Liberty took the first contest against the Runnin' Bulldogs this season, defeating Gardner-Webb inside the Vines Center, 68-57, on Jan. 14. The Flames look capture their first-ever win inside the Paul Porter Arena, as they are 0-3 in road contests against the Runnin' Bulldogs. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Recent Results
Liberty remained on the road on Jan. 23, making a stop in Radford, Va., to face the second-place Radford Highlanders. The Flames kept it close with the Highlanders throughout the contest, before taking the lead with 9:29 remaining, en route to a 60-55 win.

The Flames returned to the Vines Center on Jan. 28, hosting fellow Commonwealth competitor VMI. Antwan Burrus finished with a career-high 20 points,13 rebounds and six assists while Jesse Sanders also posted a career-high 15 boards, leading the Flames past the Keydets, 91-73.

On Feb. 4, Liberty played host to Winthrop, falling to the Eagles, 67-43. Two days later, the Flames bounced back, defeating Presbyterian, 60-57, inside the Vines Center. The game marked another big night for freshman forward Antwan Burrus, as he finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

This past Thursday, the Flames traveled to Asheville, N.C., to take on UNC Asheville. With fourth place on the line, the Flames found themselves down by 18 in the second half, but rallied back to cut it to a pair in the closing minutes. In the end, UNC Asheville held off the relentless Flames, earning the 75-72 decision.

Runnin' with the Bulldogs
Heading into Saturday's contest, Gardner-Webb holds a 7-17 record on the season and a 4-10 posting in conference play. Since their first meeting with Flames this season, the Runnin' Bulldogs have gone 3-5 in Big South play.

Coming off a road win against Charleston Southern last Saturday, the Runnin' Bulldogs returned home this past Thursday to host VMI. Four Bulldogs finished in double scoring figures — Anton Silver (21), Jonathan Moore (14), C.J. Hailey (13) and Auryn MacMillan (11). Silver also added 13 boards to his scoring effort to finish a double-double. However, the Runnin' Bulldogs were unable to stifle the tandem of Austin Kenon and Stan Okoye, who garnered 29 and 26 points, respectively, to lead VMI past Gardner-Webb, 92-85.

Hailey enters Saturday's contest as Gardner-Webb's leading scorer, averaging 13.0 points per game, followed by Jonathan Moore with 9.7 tallies per contest. Sophomore forward Joshua Henley leads the way in rebounds for the Runnin' Bulldogs, grabbing 7.1 boards per game. Senior guard Grayson Flittner paces Gardner-Webb in assists and steals, with 2.4 helpers and 1.4 thefts per game.

Liberty-Gardner-Webb Series Notes
Thursday's contest marks only the sixth meeting between Liberty and Gardner-Webb with the Runnin' Bulldogs holding a 3-2 edge all-time. The two squads first met during the 1975-76 season, resulting in a 104-88 Gardner-Webb win in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Dec. 6, 1975. The Flames traveled to Gardner-Webb again the following season with the Runnin' Bulldogs once again picking up the win, 127-97 on Jan. 22, 1977.

Last season, the Flames and the Runnin' Bulldogs met three times, with Liberty taking two-of-three contests. In the first matchup, the Flames protected home court, besting the Runnin' Bulldogs, 69-58 (Dec. 6, 2008).

Despite Kyle Ohman achieving a career-high 38 points in the second meeting on Feb. 4, 2009, Gardner-Webb edged Liberty, 95-90, in double overtime to split the regular season series. The rubber match took place in the opening round of the 2009 Big South Tournament on March 3, 2009, with Liberty advancing to the second round, defeating the Runnin' Bulldogs, 88-77.

Four Flames finished in double figures — Seth Curry (30), Ohman (18), Anthony Smith (16) and Tyler Baker (14). Ohman finished the contest with a near double-double in the matchup, adding nine rebounds.

Liberty took the first meeting against the Runnin' Bulldogs this season, besting Gardner-Webb inside the Vines Center, 68-57. Gardner-Webb's C.J. Hailey finished with a game-high 20-points. Kyle Ohman led the way for the Flames, garnering 17 tallies to become the 21st member of Liberty's 1,000-point club.

Layer Versus the Big South
Dale Layer holds an 11-9 record all-time against current Big South opponents. Prior to returning to Liberty, Layer went 2-1 against Gardner-Webb as head coach of the Colorado State Rams. At the time, the Runnin' Bulldogs were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. During his stint at Division II member Queens, Layer garnered a 2-2 record against the Winthrop Eagles.

Second Time Around
When Layer served as a Liberty assistant during the 2007-08 season, the Flames went 7-7 in conference play. Liberty posted at least one win over all but one conference opponent. That season, the Winthrop Eagles took both contests against the Flames, 55-48 (Jan. 15, 2008) and 59-50 (Feb. 12, 2008). Liberty managed to sweep one Big South opponent, as they went 2-0 against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 78-59 (Jan. 21, 2008) and 66-51 (Feb. 16, 2008).

Layer Versus the Runnin' Bulldogs
During Dale Layer's tenure at Colorado State, the Rams matched up with the Bulldogs on three occasions. The first meeting took place on Nov. 29, 2001, resulting in a narrow victory favoring the Runnin' Bulldogs, 56-54. The following season, Layer's Rams avenged the loss, besting Gardner-Webb, 90-63, on Dec. 7, 2002. The last meeting took place on Dec. 6, 2003, with the Rams cruising past the Runnin' Bulldogs again, 89-59.

Flames in February
Heading into Saturday's matchup with Gardner-Webb, the Flames hold a 165-150 all-time record in the month of February. Liberty's best posting in the second month of the year occurred during the 1996-97 season, when the Flames went 9-1 in February.

Winless at Gardner-Webb
Liberty is looking for its road win against Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The Flames are currently 0-3 when squaring off with the Runnin' Bulldogs on the road.