Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb: Full Game Preview

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Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb: Full Game Preview
Liberty
(13-20, 5-12 away)
Gardner-Webb
(21-11, 13-2 home)
Venue: Paul Porter Arena
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Liberty J Caleb Sanders 13.6 J Coronado 8.2 J Caleb Sanders 3.5
Gardner-Webb T Newsome 14.0 K Hartley 6.4 T Strange 4.1

Liberty meets Gardner-Webb in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament at Paul Porter Arena on Saturday. It gets started at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN3.com. The Flames fell to the Bulldogs 71-68 on Feb. 9 and are 7-2 against them over the last four years.

In a 61-60 triumph over High Point on Mar. 7, Tavares Speaks put up 17 points and five rebounds for the Flames. He tallies 13.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.1 steals per game. For the Bulldogs, Tashan Newsome put up 15 points and five rebounds in the 71-57 win over Campbell on Mar. 7. His 14.0 points per game is the highest mark on the team. From a tempo-free perspective, Gardner-Webb is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 36.1. This is good enough for second in the conference and 48th in the nation.

Gardner-Webb StatSmack

  • Liberty has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (51.2 percent to 41.6 percent).
  • Liberty has more wins over the last 5 years than Gardner-Webb (99 vs. 80).
  • Davon Marshall is ranked 13th nationally in three-pointers.
  • Liberty is a better three-point shooting team (36.6 percent vs. 32.6 percent) than Gardner-Webb this season.
  • John Caleb Sanders is ranked 10th in the Big South in points and 9th in the Big South in assists.
  • Liberty has come back to win after being down at half against Gardner-Webb three times since 2008.
  • The Liberty scoring leader (John Caleb Sanders, 438 points) has more points than the Gardner-Webb scoring leader (Donta Harper, 399 points).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Liberty currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (969 to 962) than Gardner-Webb, per the NCAA.
  • JR Coronado is ranked 38th nationally in rebounds.
  • The Liberty rebounding leader (JR Coronado, 265 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Gardner-Webb rebounding leader (Kevin Hartley, 197 rebounds).
  • The Liberty three-point leader (Davon Marshall, 89 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Gardner-Webb three-point leader (Kevin Hartley, 64 three-pointers).
LIB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C J. Sanders 30 14 4 4 1 0 3
C Davon Marshall 0 13 2 3 1 0 2
C- Tavares Speaks 31 13 3 1 1 0 2
D+ JR Coronado 24 5 8 1 0 1 1
D+ Tomasz Gielo 23 7 4 1 0 0 2
D Casey Roberts 17 6 2 1 0 0 1
D Jarred Jourdan 18 5 2 1 0 0 2
D Joel Vander Pol 14 5 5 0 0 1 1
D Andrew Smith 14 3 3 1 0 1 1
D- Chad Donley 10 3 1 1 0 0 0
F Sommy Ogukwe 8 1 2 0 0 0 1
F Kelly Assinesi 8 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Larry Taylor 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
GWU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Donta Harper 28 13 5 2 1 1 3
C Tashan Newsome 28 14 5 3 1 0 2
C Kevin Hartley 28 9 6 1 2 0 2
C- Tyler Strange 30 5 3 4 2 0 2
C- Max Landis 24 8 1 1 1 0 1
C- Jerome Hill 19 6 4 0 1 0 1
D Onzie Branch 16 3 4 1 1 0 1
D Jarvis Davis 10 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Corey Hensley 10 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Isaiah Ivey 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Michael Byron 11 2 2 0 0 1 1
D- Adam Sweeney 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
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