UNCW “Seahawks” Vs. Liberty “Flames”
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Vines Center (8,085) – Lynchburg, Va.

THE TIP-OFF: Road tested UNCW takes to the pavement again tonight to battle Liberty’s Flames in Lynchburg, Va. The Seahawks open a three-game swing to Liberty, Western Kentucky and Marshall to complete a string of six away games in the first six outings.

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is coaching his 16th season with a 260-208 (.553) overall record and a 35-61 (.365) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Liberty’s Dale Layer is in his 21st season as a head coach with a 335-271 (.476) record overall, including a 65-78 (.455) mark in five seasons with the Flames.

THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard), Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward). The probable starters for the Flames includes Davon Marshall (5-11, 170, Sr., Guard), John Caleb Sanders (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Joel Vander Pol (6-10, 235, R-Sr., Center), Antwan Burrus (6-6, 235, R-Sr., Forward), Tomasz Gielo (6-9, 220, Jr., Forward).

JUMP BALL: The Seahawks have won two straight games for the first time since early January last season when UNCW defeated George Mason (01-12-13) and Old Dominion (01-16-13). UNCW has not won three in a row since sweeping four consecutive games from Dec. 30, 2011, to Jan. 7, 2012.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT: Western Carolina’s Tom Tankelewicz scored 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lift the Catamounts past Liberty, 68-63, Saturday night at the Vines Center. The Flames dropped to 1-2 on the season after shooting 36.8 percent from floor and trailing most of the contest. Senior guard Davon Marshall paced three Flames in double figures with 13 points in 33 minutes.

THE SERIES: Tonight is only the third meeting between the Seahawks and Flames. UNCW claimed wins during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.

REMEMBERING BACK: In the last matchup between the two teams, junior forward Keith Rendleman of UNCW was a one-man wrecking machine. The Iron Station, N.C., product poured in 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Seahawks won in their first appearance at the Vines Center, 77-68, on Dec. 6, 2011.

TIP-INS: The Seahawks have played nine of the 12 Big South Conference schools and own a collective 113-80 record against the league.

CONSISTENT CED: Junior forward Cedrick Williams has converted 24-of-37 field goal attempts for 64.9 percent of his tries. The rest of the team is 70-of-237 for 29.5 percent. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product is the only player to reach double figures in all four outings.

BENCH TALK: Buzz Peterson is a perfect 6-0 against Liberty after defeating the Flames four times during his two-year stint at Coastal Carolina and twice at UNCW. Peterson is paying his third visit to the Vines Center and his second as UNCW’s skipper. He is 3-0 in Lynchburg after a 78-61 victory on Feb. 23, 2006, a 77-76 squeaker on Feb. 12, 2007 and a 77-68 decision on Dec. 6, 2011.

FAST FREDDIE: After struggling in the first three games of the season, junior guard Freddie Jackson got untracked in Saturday’s win over Wingate. The Wilmington product had scored a total of four points through the first three games on 3-of-20 from the floor, but made 3-of-4 field goals and a triple on Saturday en route to 10 points.

REYBOLD RACKS UP: Senior walk-on forward Shane Reybold dominated the glass in Saturday’s win over Wingate. The Scaggsville, Md., product pulled down 19 rebounds, including 12 in the first half, to help UNCW pile up a 55-35 rebounding advantage. He tied all-time great Brian Rowsom for the fourth best all-time single game rebounding haul.

RELISHING THE ROAD: Cedrick Williams struggled on the road in 2012-13, but has already shown resilience away from home early in 2013-14. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product led all scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds in the season opener against Iowa’s Hawkeyes, added 11 points in the second half at ISU and then erupted for 26 points in last Wednesday’s victory at CSU.

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Television/Internet: Big South Network Channel - http://www.bigsouthsports.com/live/6461; Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

ON THE HORIZON: The Seahawks continue their busy week on Thursday with an 8 p.m. matchup against Western Kentucky at historic E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.