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MBB Game Day Central: Chicago State

November 27, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Heading into Saturday's matchup against Chicago State, Evan Gordon leads the Flames in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game.

Heading into Saturday's matchup against Chicago State, Evan Gordon leads the Flames in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game.

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The Game

Fresh off a 64-58 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday, the Liberty men's basketball team will close out the South Padre Invitational against Chicago State on Saturday. Tip off inside the South Padre Island Convention Centre is slated for 3 p.m. (EST).

Recent Results
Before returning to the road, Liberty returned to the Vines Center on Nov. 18 to play host to Southern Virginia. Displaying a balanced offensive attack, the Flames stifled the Knights on the opposite end of the floor en route to an 82-49 victory.

Squaring off with a Big 12 opponent for the first time in four years, the Liberty men's basketball team opened play in the South Padre Island Invitational against Texas Tech.

Despite Liberty holding a four-point lead at halftime, a second-half surge by the Red Raiders allowed Texas Tech to win its opening matchup of the South Padre Island Invitational, 79-71.

In their second contest of the South Padre Island Invitational, the Flames paid a visit to the Sun Dome to take on the South Florida Bulls. Unfortunately for the visiting Flames, they were unable to gain any shooting momentum from the field, as the Bulls took the contest, 60-43.

Playing its first of two games inside the South Padre Convention Centre, Liberty squared off with Mississippi Valley State. Thanks to solid three-point shooting in the first half, the Flames created a 10-point bulge at halftime and did not let up in the second half, en route to a 64-58 decision, Friday afternoon.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
There will be a radio broadcast for each game of the South Padre Island Invitational which will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) with Nick Pierce providing the play-by-play.

In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available.

Scouting the Cougars
The Cougars are 2-4 on the season with wins over Concordia (79-75) and Georgia Southern (64-59) and losses to DePaul (114-81), Notre Dame (102-62), BYU (109-60) and St. Mary's (121-52).

Down by 12 points at halftime against Georgia Southern on Friday, the Cougars rallied and went on a 10-0 run in the closing minutes to edge the Eagles, 64-59. Junior Jonathon Montgomery led all scorers with a season-best 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench, while senior Carl Montgomery and Scott chipped in 11 apiece.

Layer Versus the Great West
Saturday's contest will mark Dale Layer's second contest against a member of the Great West. During his coaching career, Layer has earned a win over Great West member Texas Pan-American.

First Time For Everything
Saturday's game marks Liberty's first meeting with a team from the Great West Conference. In its 38-year history, Liberty has yet to play any of the current members of the Great West.

Great West Experience
One coach on Layer's staff has ties to a Great West institution. Prior to coming to Liberty, assistant coach Jason Eaker received a bachelor's degree from Texas Pan-American and served as the team's video coordinator during the 2003-04 season.