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Coach's Corner with Dale Layer

March 9, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Nick Pierce chats with Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer in the final coach's corner of the 2009-10 season.
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Nick Pierce recently caught up with Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer to reflect on the 2009-10 season. The topics discussed include:

- Persevering through the tough non-conference stretch to start the season

- The maturation of the freshmen on the roster

- The up-and-down win-loss trend throughout the season

- Saying farewell to Kyle Ohman

- Status of redshirt senior Tyler Baker

- Emergence of Evan Gordon, Antwan Burrus, Patrick Konan and Chris Perez

- Expectations heading into next season

- Being competitive on the road in Big South play

Flames Fastbreak
- Dale Layer finished his first year at Liberty with a 15-16 record overall and a 10-8 posting in conference play. Layer's Flames displayed poise on the road in conference play, recording five road wins.

- Kyle Ohman concluded his collegiate career at Liberty with 1,141 points, making him 17th on Liberty's all-time scoring list. Ohman's point total places him 13 points shy of the 16th position held by teammate Evan Gordon's father, Eric Gordon. Ohman and the younger Gordon finished first and second in scoring for the Flames this season with 400 (15.5 ppg) and 372 (12.0 ppg) points, respectively.

- Jesse Sanders finished out the 2009-2010 season on a positive note, posting a career-high 25 points against Winthrop in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Championship on March 2. Sanders is now at 474 total points for his career, one digit shy of cracking the top 50 on Liberty's all-time scoring list.

Season Highlights
- Two Liberty freshmen received weekly conference honors this season. Antwan Burrus earned the moniker of Big South Freshman of the Week on Dec. 14 for his performance against Kentucky Christian on Dec. 12. In just 12 minutes of play, Burrus racked up 15 points and five rebounds. Teammate Evan Gordon achieved the same honor on Jan. 4 for his string of solid performances against UCF, Buffalo and VMI. In the contest against VMI, Gordon posted a career-high 24 points.

- The 2009-10 campaign marks the first time two Flames have garnered a triple-double in the same season. Jesse Sanders achieved double digits in three categories in Liberty's 99-39 victory over Kentucky Christian on Dec. 12, posting 11 points, 10 boards and 10 assists. Ohman followed up Sanders' performance with a triple-double of his own against VMI on Jan. 2, as he recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110-102 win over the Keydets.

- Kyle Ohman became the 21st member of Liberty's 1,000-point club on Jan. 14, surpassing the milestone with a 17-point effort in the Flames' 68-57 victory against Gardner-Webb. Ohman then went out in style on Senior Night, dropping a career-high 39 points in Liberty's 76-67 win over High Point (Feb. 20). The senior set a school record in free throw attempts that night with 25.

- A trio of Flames earned Big South postseason honors during for the 2009-10 season. Kyle Ohman headlined the group, becoming the 14th Liberty player named to the Big South's all-conference second team. Evan Gordon was named to this year's all-freshman team, marking the third straight year a Liberty rookie has made the list. Anderson rounded out Liberty's all-conference honorees, as he was named to the Big South All-Academic Team.