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Saturday, January 4, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (10-2) at Liberty Flames (6-8)
Where/When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Vines Center, Lynchburg, Va.
Coverage: ESPN3, WPRB 103.3
Coaches: Princeton – Mitch Henderson (third season, 47-25 overall). Liberty – Dale Layer (fifth season, 53-61 at Liberty).
Probable Starters
Princeton: C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 2.8 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 11.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG). G Ben Hazel (6-5, junior, 9.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG). G Jimmy Sherburne (6-3, senior, 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.2 APG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 16.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.8 APG).
Key Reserves
F Denton Koon (6-8, junior, 10 PPG, 3.9 RPG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.9 APG). F Pete Miller (6-10, freshman, 2.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG).
Liberty: F Antwan Burrus (6-6, senior, 13.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG). F Tomasz Gielo (6-9, junior, 9.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG). F JR Coronado (6-8, senior, 4.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG). G Davon Marshall (5-11, senior, 10.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.7 APG). G John-Caleb Sanders (6-0, senior, 11.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.1 APG).
Key Reserves
F Andrew Smith (6-9, junior, 5 PPG, 3.9 RPG). C Joel Vander Pol (6-10, senior, 4.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG).
On Liberty: The Flames are a middle-of-the-pack Big South team, having suffered uninspiring losses to the likes of Furman, Austin Peay and UNC Wilmington. Their best win of the season was probably against Sam Houston State, which is only ranked as the 207th best team in Division I by One area that Liberty is pretty good in, however, is offensive rebounds. They snag 13.4 per game, but that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. They are eighth in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 41.1 percent, which means that on offense they get 41.1 percent of the total possible rebounds. Interestingly, Princeton is eighth in the country at the opposite statistic, allowing opposing offenses to grab just 24.5 percent of the possible offensive rebounds.
Down the Stretch: Since falling to Butler 70-67 in the second game of the season, Princeton has been remarkably good at winning tight games down the stretch. Five of their ten wins — Lafayette, George Mason, Rutgers, Penn State and Kent State — have been by five or fewer points, with the Leopards and the Nittany Lions requiring overtime.
“I attribute it to a few different things,” coach Henderson said after beating Kent State Tuesday. “We have T.J. (Bray), who our guys have confidence in down the stretch. We’ve made free throws. We’ve made some really big shots.”


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