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 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…]

FDU gets season sweep of LIU as Darian Anderson hurts ‘Birds once again

FDU's Darian Anderson hit this fadeaway jumper over LIU's Trevin Woods with 17.9 seconds left which proved to be the game-winner Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

FDU’s Darian Anderson hit this fadeaway jumper over LIU’s Trevin Woods with 17.9 seconds left which proved to be the game-winner Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

Time to introduce everyone to the new LIU Brooklyn killer. His name is Darian Anderson and he plays for Fairleigh Dickinson.

For the second time in nine days, Darian Anderson and his ability to step up when his team needed him to do so, scored the game-winning basket on a baseline fallaway jumper with 17.9 seconds remaining to give FDU a 88-85 victory over the Blackbirds on Saturday afternoon at the Steinberg Wellness Center in front of their biggest home crowd of the season for LIU Brooklyn Hall of Fame Day and thus take the season sweep over the Blackbirds. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn gets much needed home win against Sacred Heart

 

LIUs Martin Hermannsson had quite a night, getting two of his 22 points Wednesday night vs Sacred Heart. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn’s Martin Hermannsson had quite a night, getting two of his 22 points Wednesday night vs Sacred Heart. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It’s tough to say a game that proved to be the midway point of the conference season as a must-win but for LIU Brooklyn, that what it pretty much was. LIU, at home, coming off of two second half disappointments in losses, needed to get back on track in the worst way. Well, they did just that, with a 92-84 win at the Steinberg Wellness Center Wednesday night. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn loses 41st Battle of Brooklyn with weak second half

It was an ugly day both outside and inside the Steinberg Wellness Center Saturday night as LIU lost second straight game in loss to St. Francis Brooklyn. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

It was an ugly day both outside and inside the Steinberg Wellness Center Saturday night as LIU lost second straight game in loss to St. Francis Brooklyn. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

The optimism is gone. The now what-could-have-been is creeping in.

LIU Brooklyn followed a disappointing loss on Thursday with another disappointing loss on Saturday afternoon in middle of a blizzard known as Jonas falling upon New York City and fall to cross-Brooklyn rival St. Francis Brooklyn 64-49 in the 41st edition of the Battle of Brooklyn to fall under .500 on the season at 9-10 and 3-5 in NEC play.

This game was ugly from the start. Neither team could shoot the ball well. LIU shot 28 percent in the first half but thanks to 12 first half turnovers and 1 for 14 shooting from three by St. Francis Brooklyn, LIU went into the half up five. [Read more…]

Blackbirds allow 62 points in the second half in loss at FDU

LIU Brooklyn couldn't hold on a fourteen-point second half lead as FDU came back to beat LIU Thursday night. (Photo: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn couldn’t hold on a fourteen-point second half lead as FDU came back to beat LIU Thursday night. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn was eleven minutes away from a perfect 3-0 road trip. They had a ten-point lead, they were once up fourteen points and things looked good for the Blackbirds.

Unfortunately, Fairleigh Dickinson went back to a tactic that was successful in the first half. The full court press. FDU caused LIU to commit twelve second half turnovers and shot 58 percent from the floor in their 101-95 come-from-behind win at Stratis Arena Thursday night. [Read more…]