LIU Brooklyn gets season sweep of Wagner in 13-point home win

Nura Zanna delivered a strong first half as well as a poster dunk on Wagner's Mike Aaman in LIU's win Thursday night to take the season series from the Seahawks. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Nura Zanna delivered a strong first half as well as a poster dunk on Wagner’s Mike Aaman in LIU’s win Thursday night to take the season series from the Seahawks. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball this season is like looking at a glass filled with water and deciding whether to describe it as half-full or half-empty. Thursday night, the Blackbirds gave a glass half-full showing as they used one of their best second-half efforts of the season and took down yet another NEC first-place team at the Steinberg Center in Wagner, beating the Seahawks 82-69, to sweep the regular season series from them.

The Blackbirds got a great game from redshirt sophomore forward Nura Zanna who was the man for LIU in the first half, with 14 first half points on 6 of 8 shooting on his way to a 16-point night, one point shy of his career high which ironically was also against Wagner in a game in Staten Island last season.  [Read more…]

LIU Gameday Preview – Game 24 – Wagner

Game Info

Opponent: Wagner

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 15-8, 8-4 NEC
Tip: 7:00 pm
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row

LIU Brooklyn falls at Sacred Heart by 8 and see another opportunity go by the wasteside

This year’s LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team are consistent at one thing especially in NEC play and that thing isn’t good. They are good at following wins with a loss this season.

After an important win on Thursday night against Mount St. Mary’s, they followed it up with a 98-90 loss at Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss was their third straight loss after a win and eighth loss after a win in the last nine games after coming off a victory. [Read more…]

LIU grinds out a big win at home vs Mount St. Mary’s

LIU Brooklyn get a split of their four-game home stand with a win against Mount St. Mary's Thursday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn get a split of their four-game home stand with a win against Mount St. Mary’s Thursday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It definitely won’t be remembered as one of the prettier college basketball games played this season but for LIU Brooklyn, they will gladly take the end result. The Blackbirds used a strong second half and outlasted the terrible officiating to grind out a 77-74 win at the Steinberg Wellness Center Thursday night and split the season series against a Mount team which was picked as the preseason NEC favorites.

Unfortunately, what will be most remembered for this game was how terrible the officiating was. There were 52 (yes, that is correct) total fouls called in the game, 32 of those in the second half alone. There was also at least four separate trips to view the replay monitor. On two occasions, a double foul was called on a player on both teams on a play and Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian was hit with a technical foul after finally losing his cool with the officiating. [Read more…]

LIU Gameday Preview – Game 22 – Mount St. Mary’s

Game Info

Opponent: Mount St. Mary’s

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 10-13, 7-3 NEC
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: www.liuathletics.com [Read more…]

Hermannsson named NEC Player of the Week for second time this season

LIU's Martin Hermannsson for the second time this season earns NEC Player of the Week honor. (Photo: Bob Dea)

LIU’s Martin Hermannsson for the second time this season earns NEC Player of the Week honor. (Photo: Bob Dea)

On Monday, the Northeast Conference announced that LIU Brooklyn sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson was named co-NEC Player of the Week along with Wagner junior forward Michael Carey.

Hermannsson earned his second NEC Player of the Week honor of the season after having himself an outstanding week in which LIU went 1-1. The Icelandic guard averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in his two games. He also shot 52.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. [Read more…]

BHJ’s NEC Mid-Season Awards

This past week’s Wednesday and Thursday games marked the midway point of the Northeast Conference men’s basketball season. With a good sample size of eight league games plus adding in the non-conference games, it is a good time to see who are some of the front runners for the league’s conference awards according to myself with one month of the regular season remaining.

So with that, let’s get to it. First off, here are my mid-season front runners for NEC All-Rookie Team: [Read more…]