Category Archives: Game Recap
For three straight seasons, LIU Brooklyn has made the NCAA Tournament as the winners of the NEC Tournament. For the third straight season, LIU bows out of the NCAAs after only one game as James Madison played their game plan to near perfection and knocked LIU out of the NCAA Tournament in their first four matchup in Dayton, Ohio, winning 68-55.
Give James Madison all the credit, from the opening tip they controlled the tempo of this game. They also started the game off red hot shooting, getting off to a 10-2 start and getting up 20-8 before the under 12 media timeout in the first half. LIU’s backcourt had trouble getting the offense going for most of the first half. JMU size advantage at the guard position slowed down the LIU attack as Brickman and Garner just couldn’t get to the rim or open from the outside. ”I was a little concerned with them going small to start the game.” said LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri after the loss. “I didn’t like our matchups to start the game because (Rayshawn) Goins couldn’t play. I actually thought it would have helped us if he did play.” Read the rest of this entry
The LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team made Northeast Conference history on Tuesday night. They did what many people said they had virtually no shot at doing back in December and January. They completed the original mission they started out the season with. They won back-to-back-to-back NEC championships. LIU defeated Mount St. Mary’s 91-70 to earn their third consecutive bid into the NCAA Tournament and in the process becoming the first NEC team ever to three-peat. Read the rest of this entry
All photos taken by Bob Dea for Blackbirds Hoops Journal on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Spiro Sports Center at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY during the NEC Tournament semifinals. Read the rest of this entry
Third time is the charm.
Apparently, if you’re the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. After going 0-2 to Wagner in the regular season, the Blackbirds used a great defensive effort plus hot shooting to build a 20-point halftime lead and hold off a comeback attempt by the Seahawks in the second half to win 94-82 at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island on Saturday afternoon. The win puts LIU back into the NEC Tournament final for the third straight season and keep their hopes alive of being the first team in NEC history to win three straight NEC Tournament championships.
LIU used a 20-1 run midway through the first half to take the game from a two-point lead to a 21 point lead. The Blackbirds would carry a 20-point lead in the locker room at the half. Read the rest of this entry
All photos taken by Bob Dea for Blackbirds Hoops Journal at the Wellness Center on March 6, 2013 during the Quinnipiac-LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball NEC Tournament Quarterfinal game. Read the rest of this entry
You can describe this game in many different ways. It was a 12-round heavyweight battle. It was a war of attrition. It was a slugfest. Whatever way you want to describe the 40 minutes of intense college basketball that was played at the Wellness Center at LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday night, if you were fortunate to be among the 1006 people in attendance for this game, you saw a heck of a basketball game.
Once again, one of LIU’s smallest player, 5’10″ senior guard C.J. Garner, came up the biggest especially in crunch time as LIU Brooklyn survived and advanced through to the semifinal round of the NEC tournament with a dramatic 91-83 win. Garner matched his career-high 30 points for the second-straight time in successive games against Quinnipiac. Read the rest of this entry
Senior Day is usually an emotional day for any senior student-athlete. The seniors get a chance to enjoy a special moment with their family and friends and loved ones and the fans get a chance to thank them for the good times they gave us. This was a memorable Senior Day for the five departing LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon.
Not only did they get the admiration and recognition they most certainly deserved as a class who returned this program back to elite level of the NEC but they also got themselves a huge home win against the Quinnipiac Bobcats which earned them the number three seed in this week’s NEC men’s basketball tournament. It was fitting that on Senior Day that two LIU seniors, Jamal Olasewere and C.J. Garner, had themselves career performances to lift them to a 98-90 win at the WRAC and in the process, giving themselves a home game on Wednesday night. Read the rest of this entry