Well, this game had a little bit of everything. It had a little bit of good, a little bit of bad and certainly a little bit of ugly. It was like two totally different games were played but in the end, LIU’s furious comeback from a 25-point second half deficit came up short as the Blackbirds dropped their first game of the season 80-72 at the FIU Arena in Miami Wednesday night. [Read more…]
LIU Brooklyn has its first award winner of the season.
Today, the Northeast Conference announced via Twitter that this week’s NEC Player of the Week is redshirt junior forward Jerome Frink.
Frink had himself a heck of a debut week for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team. Frink in the three games played last week, averaged 17 points per game along with 8 rebounds per game including a 25 points and 9 rebound performance against Maine last Thursday.
He also averaged 2.3 blocks per game and made, not one but two game-saving blocks in the final seconds of two games last week, one against Loyola (Md.) last Monday and the other on Sunday against North Carolina Central. [Read more…]
It definitely wasn’t pretty. Far from. But LIU Brooklyn once again used their defense to get a win, this time preserving a one-point victory at the Barclays Center on Sunday afternoon against North Carolina Central by a score of 78-77.
Junior forward Jerome Frink once again got a key block for the Blackbirds as he did last Monday against Loyola (Md.). This time, with LIU up one, Frink blocked NCCU’s Jeremiah Ingram shot with eight seconds left and then block him again with three seconds left and was able to corralled the rebound and launched it into LIU’s front court to run out the final ticks of the clock to get the win. [Read more…]
Last season, LIU Brooklyn got off to a slow start to their season. A really slow start. An 0-6 start to be more specific.
This season, in a season in which there is a little more seasoning to a still relatively young Blackbirds team, LIU wanted to get this season off to a much better start than they did a year ago. So far, they are doing just that.
Thanks to the one-two scoring punch of junior Jerome Frink and sophomore Martin Hermannsson, LIU defeated Maine at the Steinberg Wellness Center in their home opener on Thursday night, 84-79. It was LIU’s second straight season with a win over the Black Bears from the America East conference.
Frink, who admittedly had jitters and a little bit of rust in his first game with his new team after sitting out last season after transferring to LIU from Florida International, looked a lot like the player that many people including myself have been touting as one of the top NEC transfers to come into the conference this season. Frink put together a strong game for his new home fans with a game-high 25-point performance to go along with nine rebounds while shooting 9 of 11 from the field.
“My first game (against Loyola), it was my first time back after a year so I had jitters going through the whole game.” said Frink after the game. “I rushed my game a little bit. I didn’t take my time. So in this game, I decided to just take my time and see what was open for me and look for my teammates.”
LIU head coach Jack Perri also noticed the difference in his forward’s game from game one to game two.
“He finished much better.” said Perri of Frink. “Obviously, he was comfortable. He made his first shot, he hit a three to start. He got some offensive rebounds and some easy put-backs, that helped. We knew that, he is a big physical kid, (Maine) doesn’t have as much physicality. They have some athleticism but they have some youth and we thought he would be able to hurt them which he did.”
Not to be outdone, Martin Hermannsson also showed why he can make the jump this season to an All-NEC performer with a new career-high 23 points on 50% shooting from the floor. Hermannsson was able to get inside and finish on several layups in the paint. Hermannsson wanted to make sure this team got off to a fast start this season.
“Last season, we started 0-6. The difference between this year and last year is tremendous.” said Hermannsson.
LIU played eleven players for the first time so far this season, using the depth Jack Perri has which really hasn’t been the case for the most part during his first three seasons at the helm.
LIU was whistled for twelve first half fouls including two fouls on four different LIU players forcing him to use a pair of freshmen in Raul Frias and Ganlandou Cisse for the first time in their college careers.
Nura Zanna was plagued by first half foul trouble and only played three minutes but had a nice second half until a freak injury which resulted in a bad cut above his left eye after losing his balance on while attempting for a defensive rebound and falling on his face, caused him to leave the game. Zanna will likely get his cut stitched up according to Perri but should be fine. Zanna finished with eight points and team-high eleven rebounds.
“(Zanna) did a good job in the second half coming in, getting offensive rebounds. That was what we needed.” said Hermannsson.
Aakim Saintil in his second game, did not play as well as he did in his first on Monday versus Loyola (Md.). The junior point guard was a little out of control at times and coughed up the ball seven times. Yet, Perri liked the energy he played with.
“(Saintil) causes havoc on the defensive end with his on the ball defense.” said Perri. “With his turnovers, he was just trying to do a little bit too much. I think he was excited playing at home. He is back home after being at South Alabama and then he was up in North Dakota so now he is back home. I think his friends and family (were) here. He still made some big plays and made some big shots for us.”
Saintil finished with twelve points and four assists.
Maine, who looked like a much improved team from the one that won just three games last season, had four players finished in double figures led by Aaron Calixte and his 18 points coming off the bench. Maine shot the ball particularly well against LIU, making 46% of their shots (31-67) and going 7 of 17 from three. They missed half of their 20 free throws in which if they had made a few more, could have been a big issue for LIU at the end of this game.
A concern of the LIU coaching staff coming into this season was their perimeter shooting and in this game, they had their struggles from behind the three-point line. LIU shot just 3 of 20 from three versus Maine. It is a concern the Blackbirds got away with on this night but they will need to do a much better job as they continue on with their season.
“I think there has been good and bad in both our wins.” said Perri after the win. “I think we are getting there and as you can see, I think we have some pieces. We have some talent. We have some depth. We have some size and that kind of play out that in we wore (Maine) out a little bit.”
With the win, LIU moves to 2-0 on the young season and they start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2010-11 in which they started that season 4-0 on their way to a 27-win season and an NCAA tournament appearance.
Sunday afternoon, the home venue shifts up Flatbush Avenue to the Barclays Center for a matinee against North Carolina Central, a MEAC team which went perfect in their league in the regular season and won 25 games last season. LIU looks to make it a 3-0 start to their season and continue on a fast start to an early-season that has already has had some surprises to it.