Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 6 – Lafayette Leopards (Part II)

Opponent: Lafayette Leopards

Conference: Patriot League

Record: 2-6; Last game: W vs. Delaware 63-60

Time: 4:30 pm, after LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball game vs. Towson

Location: Wellness Center (WRAC), Brooklyn, NY

TV/Web/Radio Coverage: NEC Front Row/Red Zone Media

History between teams: 5th meeting, 2nd of the season. Teams meet three weeks ago at Lafayette. Lafayette defeated LIU Brooklyn, 98-94 in overtime. [Read more…]

Defensive minded Blackbirds drops Columbia for first win of season

LIU huddles up before taking on Columbia in WRAC home opener (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

Box Score

Basketball State Box Score w/ tempo-free stats

Game Highlights

It was noticeable from the first Columbia possession. LIU Brooklyn wanted to make a statement. If they wanted to break their four-game losing streak, they were going to have to get after it on the defensive end. That is exactly what LIU did in their 70-61 win over Columbia in the season opener at the Wellness Center tonight, their first win of the season. The win extends LIU’s win streak at the Wellness Center to now 28 games spanning into its third season.

Julian Boyd nearly rips down rim this baseline slam (Photo credit: Bob Dea)

Coming into the game, LIU had allowed all four previous opponents to shoot over 50% from the field and was given up an average of 1.2 points per possession. Tonight, Columbia only score 61 points on 48.5% effective FG shooting. The Lions only had 0.89 ppp tonight. “Before the game we preached defense for obvious reason.” said LIU head coach Jack Perri. “Our team defense has been porous at best. We had some lively practices, we got into it really good and our our guys responded and played great defense tonight I thought for the most part.” LIU played aggressive man-to-man defense at the start and then took that aggression to the offensive end with a couple of alley-oops to Julian Boyd, the second of which he nearly ripped down the rim with. LIU got off to a quick 8-2 start. [Read more…]

Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 5 – Columbia Lions

Opponent: Columbia Lions

Conference: Ivy League

Record: 4-2; Last game: L at San Francisco 79-59; Best W so far: at Villanova 75-57

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wellness Center (WRAC), Brooklyn, NY

TV/Web/Radio Coverage: NEC Front Row/Red Zone Media

History between teams: 7th meeting. Teams meet last season. Columbia defeated LIU Brooklyn, 63-53 at Columbia. [Read more…]

15 years ago today, a 117-point win alters the course of LIU Basketball

Basketball, to me, is a great sport. It can have as much beauty and grace and as any soccer game you might see in Europe or a triple-crown horse race. It makes for plenty of memorable moments. It doesn’t matter what level you play, what size you are, how good you are, there will always come a point in time whether it is a game or just a brief instance, when you or your team does something that won’t be soon forgotten. It could be MJ’s double-nickel, Laettner’s shot over Kentucky, Bryce Drew shot to beat Ole Miss, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak, Jack Taylor’s 138-point performance from last week or whatever countless others. People will always have lasting memories of such events, of such games.

As I mentioned when I first started this blog over the summer, I have been going to LIU basketball games for quite a while now. This in fact is my seventeenth season of watching LIU men’s basketball. I’ve watched a lot of great basketball and have witnessed just some of the great moments in LIU basketball history. I’ve been present at the last three NEC championships LIU has won. I’ve watched some not so great basketball at times too. I seen this program go from high to low and then back to high again. I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve been around for a little while now, taking in all the highs and all the lows. This leads me to a game played 15 years ago today when both the highs and lows were all sort of wrapped into one.

On November 26, 1997, a regular Wednesday night, a Division III school from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College, played a Division I team from Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island University.  Going into it no one would expect anything historic would come out from it. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn dropped by Kentucky 104-75 at Rupp Arena

For the first sixteen minutes of this basketball game, Blackbirds fans almost couldn’t believe what they were seeing. LIU Brooklyn with its 10-man team at the moment, who starts no one above 6’7″ was going toe to toe with the defending national champs. For most of those first sixteen minutes, LIU actually had a lead over the Wildcats. Then Jamal Olasewere picked up his second foul and went to the bench right after the under-4 minute timeout. For LIU, the game ended right there. LIU would go from up 3 points to down 12 at the half thanks to a 15-0 run by Kentucky in the final 3:44 of the first half and Kentucky put it into cruise control from there and defeated LIU Brooklyn 104-75 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. [Read more…]

Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 4 – Kentucky Wildcats

Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats

Conference: SEC

Record: 3-1; Wins vs Maryland (72-68), Lafayette (101-49) and Morehead State (81-70), L vs Duke (68-75)

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

TV/Web/Radio Coverage: Fox Sports South, ESPN3, ESPN Full Court/UK Radio [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn WBB hosts the annual LIU Turkey Classic

This weekend, the annual LIU Turkey Classic takes place at the Wellness Center at LIU Brooklyn. This year’s field includes LIU Brooklyn, Colgate, UMKC and Drexel. LIU Brooklyn takes on Colgate in the first game on Friday at 2pm followed by the UMKC versus Drexel in the second game at approximately 4pm.

LIU Brooklyn comes into the LIU Turkey Classic with a record of 1-1 after an opening day victory at Columbia 53-42. Senior point guard Krystal Wells led LIU with 22 points including 5 for 6 from three. Ebony Davis grabbed 14 boards for the Blackbirds in the win. LIU lost their last game at Albany 67-50 on November 13. The Blackbirds were led by freshman guard Sophie Bhasin with 17 points. Bhasin was 7 for 12 from the field including 2 for 3 from downtown. Krystal Wells pumped in 16 points in the loss. LIU shot under 40% from the field vs. Albany and shot just 50% from the free throw line. Wells is currently LIU’s leading scorer with 19.0 ppg. Sophie Bhasin is second in scoring with 11.5 ppg and Ebony Davis leads the team in rebounding with 10.5 rpg. [Read more…]