Liberty Regains Quiz Bowl Title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.Liberty University won five of six matches Saturday in Lynchburg to capture the Big South Conference Quiz Bowl Tournament championship.  A four-team field competed in the academic question-and-answer contest, which resulted in Liberty's fourth title out of the five years this event has been staged.  The Big South Quiz Bowl is an outgrowth of the Conference's Academic Consortium, designed to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics.  In addition to Liberty, other participating institutions this year included Gardner-Webb University, Coastal Carolina University and Winthrop University.

In the Big South Quiz Bowl, student teams compete throughout the day in timed head-to-head challenges.  The topics cover a remarkably wide range, covering the gamut from traditional academic subjects to current pop culture and sports.  That array makes well-rounded knowledge among the team members the greatest asset for tournament success.  Teams received wins and losses for each match, with the day’s total record meant to decide the winner.

The Liberty Flames Quiz Bowl Team included contributions from Corbin Payne, Jake Rogers, Eddie Brown, Jeremy Peterson and Tyler Flynn.  Payne led all individual scorers in the competition with 240 points.  Coastal Carolina's Seth Morgan (170) and Gardner-Webb's James Withrow (155) were second and third, respectively, among individual competitors.

Organizers deemed the event another successful effort to foster the relationships between Big South programs, regretting only that winter weather conditions prevented more teams from participating this year.  While four teams made it to Lynchburg for the 2010 event, the 2009 competition had seven teams entered--including four that were not in attendance at this year's Tournament.

The Big South Conference’s Academic Consortium’s mission is to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics and to explore ways to share programs and resources to the benefit of students and member institutions.  In addition to developing the College Quiz Bowl into an annual event, the Consortium is planning the Conference’s third Undergraduate Research Symposium among Big South member institutions next month on the campus of Radford University.

2010 Quiz Bowl Final Standings
1.  Liberty (5-1)
2.  Gardner-Webb (4-2)
3.  Coastal Carolina (3-3)
4.  Winthrop (0-6)