LIU Brooklyn MBB NEC Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 9 – Saint Francis University (PA) Red Flash

Opponent: Saint Francis University (PA) Red Flash

Record: 1-18, (1-7 NEC, last); Last game: Loss vs Wagner, 81-56

KenPom Rank/RPI: 334/337

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY

TV/Web/Radio Coverage: Web: / Radio: Red Zone Media (LIU)

History between teams: 65th meeting. Series is tied at 32. LIU has won last two meetings. [Read more…]

Good week so far for LIU’s Jason Brickman

#15 Jason Brickman, number two assist man in the nation. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

#15 Jason Brickman, number two assist man in the nation. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

It is only Tuesday but it has already been a good week for Jason Brickman. The 5’10” junior point guard from San Antonio, Texas has been getting some well-deserved recognition over the last couple of days following his week where he dished out double-digit assists in back-to-back games.

It started over the weekend when the quiet leader of the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team actually had a feature shown on him during halftime of this past weekend’s NEC-TV games. If you missed it, here it is: [Read more…]

NEC MBB Week In Review: Week Four

Week four of the NEC season began to really separate who the teams that are going to be competing for the regular-season title and what teams will be fighting just to make it into the NEC tournament in March. This was a big week for teams like Sacred Heart, Bryant, LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn and Quinnipiac who had something to prove. Let’s take a look on how it all went down in week four. [Read more…]

What we learned this past week from LIU Brooklyn MBB

As I wrote last week, the six-game stretch the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team are currently in, is a make-or-break point to their season due to the opponents they have to face. It started off with a bang this week with two games on the road against teams who are ahead of them in the NEC standings in St. Francis Brooklyn and Bryant. Each school had special events to draw huge, loud crowds in support but in the end, the Blackbirds came out of it with two huge wins. For this post, I’m “borrowing” the ever-popular five thoughts idea and give my five thoughts regarding these two huge wins which have LIU Brooklyn back within a game of first-place. [Read more…]

Blackbirds stuns Bryant on the road for their 5th NEC straight win

#15 Jason Brickman with second straight double-double (11 points, 10 assists) vs Bryant

#15 Jason Brickman with second straight double-double (11 points, 10 assists) vs Bryant

Game Highlights

Full Game Replay

In what will likely be one of the best games of the NEC season, LIU Brooklyn for the second straight game came back from a double-digit and halftime deficit to win. This time it was against the first-place Bryant Bulldogs in front of a nearly capacity crowd at the Chace Athletic Center. The Blackbirds defeated Bryant, 79-78, on “White-Out” day, leaving the Bryant fans red with anger. The win gives LIU a 2-0 week and brings the current winning streak now to five games.

The game was eerily similar to the game LIU played on Thursday against St. Francis Brooklyn. LIU struggled in the first half against the Bulldogs just like they did against the Terriers on Thursday night. Bryant shot 62.1% from the field in the first half. The Blackbirds had trouble stopping the sophomore transfer Dyami Starks. Starks was unconscience shooting the ball. He was 8 for 11 shooting and an incredible 6 of 8 from three, scoring 22 first half points. At one time, he was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn MBB NEC Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 8 – Bryant Bulldogs

Opponent: Bryant Bulldogs

Record: 13-5, (6-1 NEC, 1st); Last game: Loss vs Sacred Heart, 87-76

KenPom Rank/RPI: 176/123

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, RI

TV/Web/Radio Coverage:  Web: NEC Front Row

History between teams: 8th meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads all-time series 6-1.  LIU has won the last five meetings.

Game Notes: LIU Brooklyn/Bryant

Who to watch for on Bryant:

#12 Dyami Starks – 6’2″ – G – So. – 17.8 ppg/2.9 rpg/43.9 FG%/86.5 FT% – Scored career-high 29 pts vs Robert Morris, scored 28 pts vs Sacred Heart in last game.
#23 Alex Francis – 6’6″ – F – Jr. – 16.3 ppg/8.2 rpg/53.0FG%/62.9 FT% – Scored season-high 26 pts vs Central Connecticut State, scored 8 pts vs Sacred Heart in last game.
#5 Frankie Dobbs – 6’3″ – G – Sr. – 13.9 ppg/4.4 apg/43.6 FG%/77.6 FT % – Scored career-high 26 pts vs Robert Morris, scored 9 pts vs Sacred Heart in last game.

Matchups to watch: 

Dyami Starks vs C.J. Garner. Both players can score in bunches. Both play a ton of minutes. Both have been playing extremely well of late. They will likely be matched up against one another defensively. This is definitely a key matchup to watch.


The Bryant Bulldogs have been the story in the NEC in the first half of this college basketball season. Bryant is currently in first place in the NEC with a 6-1 record. They had a six-game NEC win-streak and an eight-game overall win-streak snapped on Thursday by Sacred Heart on the road 87-76. Overall, Bryant is 13-5 and have a couple of nice wins under their belts including wins at Boston College of the ACC, at Lehigh who is currently undefeated in the Patriot League, at Robert Morris to open NEC play and one vs Wagner at home.

This game pits two of the best offensive teams in the NEC against one another. LIU Brooklyn is first in the NEC in points scored (77.0 ppg) and points per possession (1.07 ppp). Bryant is third in the NEC in points scored (72.8 ppg) and second in points per possession (1.04 ppp). Bryant is first in the NEC in field goal percentage (46.1%) and effective field goal percentage (52.7%), LIU Brooklyn is second in both (45.9 FG%, 52.5 eFG%).

The difference in the two teams lies in the defensive end. Bryant is fourth in the NEC in points allowed (70.3 ppg) while LIU Brooklyn is eleventh (77.3 ppg). Bryant is tied for fifth in points per possession allowed (1.02 ppp) while LIU is tied for ninth (1.08 ppp). Teams shoot an effective field goal percentage of 45% against Bryant (tied-5th) while LIU allows an effective field goal percentage of 49.5% (11th). Bryant will get stops on teams while LIU have let teams go on big runs against them.

Bryant is led by the big three: Dyami Starks, Alex Francis and Frankie Dobbs. Sophomore transfer Dyami Starks is Bryant’s leading scorer at 17.8 ppg which is fourth best in the NEC. The transfer from Columbia has come from seemingly nowhere to lead the Bulldogs. He shoots an effective field goal percentage of 54.5%. He has shot 137 three attempts so he isn’t shy to let ’em fly. Alex Francis is second on Bryant in scoring at 16.3 ppg. He has led Bryant is scoring the past two seasons. His offense comes from near the paint. He shoots 53% from the field. He is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.2 rpg which is tied for fifth in the NEC. Francis as a freshman scored a career-high 43 points vs LIU. Last season, he scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Bulldogs loss to LIU. Frankie Dobbs is the senior point guard on this team. Dobbs is averaging 13.9 ppg and 4.4 apg. His effective field goal percentage is 54.5%. These three guys play a ton. All three are in the top 11 in the NEC in minutes per game. Head coach Tim O’Shea give these guys very little rest.

O’Shea really goes with mostly seven guys. There is very little depth on this team which is why the starters play so many minutes. Bryant isn’t big either with the only size coming from Francis (6’6″) and freshman reserve Vladyslav Kondratyev (6’8′). The rest of the major players are guards under 6’4″. The thing is they will shot plenty of threes and if they get hot which they have done a lot this season, they won’t be easy to beat.

LIU is coming off a big win in the Battle of Brooklyn vs St. Francis Brooklyn. The Blackbirds are on a four-game winning streak and have climb over .500 in the NEC at 4-3, tied for third place with Wagner and SFC.

LIU has been getting great play of late from Jamal Olasewere and Battle of Brooklyn MVP C.J. Garner. Both had 20 and 22 respectively vs SFC on Thursday. Olasewere is averaging 19.4 ppg and 10.5 rpg during this four-game winning streak. He is 27 for 48 from the field. He had three double-doubles in the last four games. Garner is averaging 20 ppg during this winning streak. He is 26 for 46 in field goal shooting including 8 for 11 from three in his last four games.

Jason Brickman is coming off his fifth 10 or more assist game after dishing out 11 assists vs St. Francis Brooklyn Thursday night. Brandon Thompson got his second-straight 14-point game and third in the last three games. E.J. Reed is coming off his 11th straight game where he has had at least three fouls. He has at least four fouls in six of the last seven games. After a hot stretch where he scored 14 or more points for five straight games, the freshman has cooled off averaging just 6.6 ppg in his last three games but he is playing hard. He just need to stay away from foul trouble.

The keys to this game will be can LIU do enough defensively to slow down the Bryant attack? They will need to have a defensive performance much like the one they had in the second half vs St. Francis Brooklyn. LIU can’t allow two of the Bryant’s big three to have big games. Sacred Heart in beating Bryant on Thursday did it by holding Dobbs and Francis to under ten points each. If either one has a big game along with Starks, it could get ugly for the Blackbirds. LIU will need for Olasewere to stay out of foul trouble and attack the rim and the glass. The magic number might be 40% as in the team who can shoot over over 40% from beyond the arc will likely win this game.

Ken Pomeroy’s Game Projection:

Ken Pomeroy on his website has Bryant beating LIU Brooklyn by a projected score of  87-78 with a 75% probability of a Bryant win.

Up Next:

The Blackbirds return back to the Wellness Center to face the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash on Thursday, January 31. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

LIU Brooklyn takes the Battle of Brooklyn with an incredible second half performance.

#3 C.J. Garner getting into the lane for a layup for two of his two of game-high 22 points. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

#3 C.J. Garner getting into the lane for a layup for two of his two of game-high 22 points. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

It was almost like watching two different games if you were either an LIU Brooklyn or St. Francis Brooklyn fan in 38th annual Battle of Brooklyn at the Pope Center Thursday night. If you were a Terrier fan, you couldn’t not have been happier with how the first half went. If you were a Blackbirds fan, you were almost amazed and in awe of the clinic they were putting on St. Francis on both ends of the court in the second half. Yup, it was that kind of Battle of Brooklyn. Only LIU fans went home happy after the Blackbirds scored 57 second-half points to take this year’s Battle of Brooklyn, 78-68, and win it for the third straight season. This win also takes LIU Brooklyn’s current win-streak up to four. [Read more…]