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MBB Game Day Central: 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer

November 17, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames guard Chene Phillips

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Game Day Central Page

Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

National Coverage -
Game Will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m.  vs. Eastern Kentucky

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Games
Coming off a hard fought road win against William & Mary, the Liberty men's basketball team steps back into the Vines Center on Friday to host the Lynchburg Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Following a neutral site contest between William & Mary and Lehigh at 4:30 p.m., the Flames will take the court against Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Tribe takes on the Colonels at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Flames and the Mountain Hawks at 7 p.m. The invitational concludes on Sunday with Lehigh facing Eastern Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. and Liberty versus William & Mary at 5 p.m.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's Friday and Sunday games will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel and Friday's matchup will feature Alan York as the play-by-play announcer and Tim Scarborough providing color commentary. On Sunday, Ray Jones will join Scarborough to provide play-by-play. Saturday's game will be video streamed on the Big South network.

There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for the weekend's contests, with Nick Pierce providing the play-by-play on Friday and Saturday. York will take over the play-by-play duties on Sunday. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available. 

Series History vs. Eastern Kentucky
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 2-1
Current Streak: Eastern Kentucky won the most recent meeting
Series Record at home: Liberty won the only meeting, 62-61 (Jan. 30, 1989)
First Meeting: Liberty 77, Eastern Kentucky 70 (Dec. 17, 1988)
Last Meeting: Eastern Kentucky 79, Liberty 78 (Dec. 16, 1989)
Eastern Kentucky's Last Victory: Eastern Kentucky 79, Liberty 78 (Dec. 16, 1989)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Seasons): 306-223 (19th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 36-30
Record vs. Eastern Kentucky: 1-0

Easter Kentucky Head Coach: Jeff Neubauer
Overall Record (Seasons): 103-88 (Seventh Season)
Record at William & Mary (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Notes and Anecdotes
- Eastern Kentucky has faced two Big South members already this season. The Colonels defeated Winthrop inside Winthrop Coliseum, 71-59 (Nov. 12), but fell to Presbyterian College, 78-50, at the Templeton Center (Nov. 14).

- In the three meetings between Liberty and Eastern Kentucky the outcome has been determined in three possessions or less. The two most recent games have been decided by one point.

- The contest marks the first match-up between the Flames and the Colonels in the Vines Center. Liberty's previous meeting against the Eastern Kentucky took place in the Schilling Center (62-61, Jan. 30, 1989).

- The two squads first met on Dec. 17, 1989 during Liberty's first season as a Division I program. Liberty took the contest at Eastern Kentucky, 77-70.

- During his freshman year at fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Tech, David Minaya and the Golden Eagles matched up with Eastern Kentucky on two occasions. Minaya received the start in the first meeting on Jan. 5, 2008, finishing with three points, two rebounds and one steal in Tennessee Tech's 75-64 win at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels won the rematch at the Golden Eagles' Eblen Center, 87-77 (Feb. 2, 2008).

- Dale Layer spent one year at Eastern Kentucky as a graduate assistant (1982-83), serving under head coach Max Good. That season, the Colonels went 10-17 overall and 7-7 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

- Former Liberty player Bailey Alston (1988-90) led the Flames in scoring in all three meetings versus Eastern Kentucky. On Dec. 17, 1989, Alston dropped 38 points on the Colonels. Alston is currently third on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 2,115 tallies.

News and Notes from last game (vs. William & Mary – Nov. 14, 2011)
- David Minaya paced the Flames with a game-high 20 points, marking the first 20-point game by a Liberty player this season. Minaya's 20-point performance is his first since Feb. 3, 2011, when he scored 20 at Coastal Carolina.

- Antwan Burrus and John Caleb Sanders each finished with double digits in scoring for the third time this season, posting 14 and 12, respectively . The pair are the only Liberty players to finish with double figures in all three games in 2011-12.

- William & Mary freshman guard Marcus Thorton led the Tribe with 19 points, scoring eight in the last three minutes.

The last time Liberty hosted an invitational …
- The Flames hosted the Thanksgiving Classic during the 2008-09 season, welcoming Coker, South Carolina State and William & Mary to the Vines Center.

- During the first night of action, the Tribe bested South Carolina State, 74-63, while the Flames cruised past Coker, 88-66.

- Liberty and William & Mary clashed on day two, resulting in an 80-74 double-overtime win for the Flames. Liberty sealed the contest with a 9-0 run in the second overtime, including six points by Seth Curry.

- Jesse Sanders, who was named to the all-tournament team, is the only player currently on the Liberty roster who played in the invitational.

Looking Ahead …
- Friday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Lehigh and Liberty

- The match-up also marks the first time a Dale Layer coached team has faced the Mountain Hawks

Series History vs. William & Mary
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 4-1.
Current Streak: Liberty has won three in a row and four of the last five meetings.
Series Record at the Vines Center: Liberty leads, 3-0.
Last Meeting: Liberty 75, William & Mary 72 (Nov. 14, 2011 at William & Mary)
Last Meeting at the Vines Center: Liberty 71, Liberty 62 (Dec. 18, 2010)
William & Mary's Last Victory: William & Mary 91, Liberty 64 (Nov. 23, 2003)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Record vs. William & Mary: 2-0

William & Mary Head Coach: Tony Shaver
Record vs. Liberty: 1-3

- Jesse Sanders is the only Liberty player to play in the Flames' 80-74 double overtime win over the Tribe on Nov. 29, 2008. Sanders finished the contest with 11 points and eight rebounds. Quinn McDowell and Kendrix Brown were the two players from the Tribe in the contest. McDowell chipped in 11 points for William & Mary. Brown finished with one point and four rebounds.

- William & Mary is the only current CAA member to hold a losing record (1-4) against Liberty.