As we begin to turn the page and start looking forward to the 2013-14 college basketball season, I wanted to take one last look back at the 2012-13 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball season and countdown the top ten best moments which helped define the Blackbirds third consecutive Northeast Conference tournament championship. There were plenty of great moments that occurred this past season so coming up with a list of just the top ten moments was a bit daunting but yet a fun task. Let’s begin our look back at another memorable LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball season by countdown moments ten through six in this part one and then reveal moments five through one in part two.
10. LIU scores 57 second-half points in comeback win vs St. Francis Brooklyn
The Blackbirds were in the midst of a four-game winning streak after coming off a six-game losing streak. It was the annual “Battle of Brooklyn” game at St. Francis Brooklyn’s Pope Physical Education Center. The Blackbirds had a terrible first half, shooting just 25% from the floor in helping to give the Terriers a 33-21 lead at the half. But the second half was a completely different story as LIU shot 75% in the half and scored a season-high 57 points to overcome the 12-point halftime deficit to win the game by ten, 78-68 and win the 2013 edition of the Battle of Brooklyn.
9. Brandon Thompson 3-point buzzer-beater to send game into overtime in LIU’s win vs FDU
The Blackbirds had just gotten their first NEC win the game prior vs Mount St. Mary’s and were looking to start building some momentum in conference play after starting 0-3. The game versus FDU on the road proved to be a wild game. LIU lost a seven-point first half lead and FDU looked to have the game in hand with a five-point lead with :32 remaining. A clutch 3-pointer by C.J. Garner and a dunk by E.J. Reed got LIU to within two with 7 seconds left. FDU’s Melquan Bolding would miss his second free throw and set up this (move ahead to 2:35 to 2:43):
Ironically Thompson’s three would be his only made basket of the game and LIU would overcome a small deficit in the overtime period to win by four and build some winning momentum as they would win ten of eleven to get back in the NEC regular season race.
8. Julian Boyd’s dunk and foul to help complete comeback vs Hofstra
Hofstra after being down by three at the half, went crazy for the first eight minutes of the second half to take a 16-point lead. With less 7 minutes left to play and Hofstra up by 14, LIU would climb their way back. With just over a minute to play and LIU down by two, LIU’s Jason Brickman would lob a pass up on a inbounds play to Julian Boyd who would catch the alley-oop pass and finish with authority and get fouled. This coupled with a huge three-pointer by Booker Hucks would cement the comeback win for LIU.
7. Jason Brickman’s 12-assist game vs CCSU makes him LIU’s all-time assist king
Jason Brickman would dish out an LIU Brooklyn record 290 assists but it was his first assist versus CCSU that would pass him past Robert Cole and into first place all-time on the LIU assist list. Two of his game-high 12 assists are featured in this CCSU highlight video. Both passes lead to highlight plays for LIU.
6. LIU’s win at Bryant/Troy Joseph put-back dunk over Bryant’s Frankie Dobbs
In what was one of LIU biggest wins of the 2012-13 season, LIU would travel to Smithfield, Rhode Island to take on a then-first place Bryant Bulldogs team and would leave with a 79-78 thanks to a missed Alex Francis free throw that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime. One of the highlights plays of the game was Troy Joseph’s put-back dunk over Bryant’s Frankie Dobbs in the second half. The dunk finished a great series of events. Bryant was seemingly on their way to an easy hoop on a 3-on-1, the one man back Booker Hucks who got the rejection of a Corey Maynard layup attempt. C.J. Garner would got the carom and tightroped the endline to stay inbounds and finds a wide open Jason Brickman for a three, Brickman misses but Joseph cleans up the board and slams it over Dobbs to give LIU the lead in what was a great game to watch. (This sequence begins at the 2:04 mark and finishes at the 2:18 mark)
Next week, I’ll have Part two with the Top Five Best LIU Brooklyn Men’s Basketball moments of 2012-13.