After RMU disappointment, LIU Brooklyn goes down to SFU with not much fight

LIU Brooklyn came into Saturday’s contest against Saint Francis University, disappointed after losing a 16-point lead which lead to a nine-point loss at RMU. Yet, the Blackbirds had a chance to get some redemption and put themselves in position to possibly gain some ground on the only two teams they have chance left to catch, FDU and CCSU. But LIU Brooklyn failed to answer the bell in this game as SFU for the second time this season, took it to the Blackbirds and defeated them handily, 83-64 at the DeGol Arena on Saturday.

For the first ten minutes, LIU looked like a team that was game and had put the loss of Thursday behind them. They were up a point and things looked promising. Next thing you know, SFU were off to the races and LIU couldn’t make a basket. The Red Flash would go on a 25-6 run to close the half to take a 41-23 lead at the break. LIU could only muster up a 37% shooting percentage in the first half and make just 3 of their 15 threes.

It is no secret that Jason Brickman desperately doesn’t want his LIU career to end in this fashion, going out without even an opportunity to defend what he had help start, three consecutive NEC championships. Brickman came out of the gate showing that he wasn’t going to go down quietly anymore. Brickman came out firing and hitting from deep. Brickman took eight shots in the first half and hit 3 of 6 three for 11 points. He played all 20 minutes. He obviously came to play. His teammates unfortunately didn’t have that same drive it seemed.

LIU showed little life at the start of the second half to get within 14 but SFU got back on track and started hitting shots and soon the SFU lead was pushed back up to 21 and LIU never seriously threatened the rest of the game.

Brickman did all he could. He played all 40 minutes. He finished with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting and finished with just five assists as his teammates had a difficult time finishing on shots. The only other support Brickman got was from E.J. Reed but once again he was mired in foul trouble as he has seemingly all season long. He scored 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting in 24 minutes collecting four fouls along the way. Other than Joel Hernandez who scored all 12 of his points in the second half, no other LIU player scored more than four points.

In fact, if you remove Brickman, Reed and Hernandez numbers from LIU totals, the rest of the team was just 7 for 23 in the game and 0 for 8 from three for 14 points. Just frightening numbers to look at if your a coach on the LIU staff.

LIU’s defense was bad as it has been nearly all season. They allowed 1.21 points per possession and 83 points to a team which in their prior game scored just 44 points and scored a miserable, season-low 0.661 ppp. SFU shot 52% from the floor and made 10 of 23 threes. In the two games against LIU, SFU won both games by a combined 35 points.

SFU’s Stephon Whyatt for the second time this season torched the Blackbirds. He had his two best games of the season against them. He scored 21 points on Saturday and scored a combined 38 points in the two games against LIU. Ronnie Drinnon scored a career-high 19 points and Queens native and Christ the King HS alum Malik Harmon scored 18 points. He scored a combined 34 points in two games against LIU this season.

LIU falls to 3-10 in the NEC with three games to play. After the game, LIU had to wait and see if this loss would officially put an end to NEC tournament hopes. FDU won their game against Sacred Heart on Saturday so FDU officially clinches an NEC tournament berth. CCSU lost by three to Bryant on the road. The loss keeps CCSU a game and a half ahead of LIU for the eighth and final NEC tournament spot. LIU still holds a game in hand of CCSU which will played on Tuesday at Sacred Heart. If at any point in the upcoming week, LIU loses and CCSU wins, LIU would be officially eliminated.

The next two games for LIU will tell if Senior Day will be a day in which LIU plays for a chance or if it will be a day to only celebrate the careers of Jason Brickman and Julian Boyd and hope to see Brickman cross the 1,000 assist threshold and begin looking towards next season. Starting Tuesday, we’ll know what the answer will be.

Comments

  1. Harold Rendon says:

    Agree Dan Great point guard classy young man

  2. Dan from Staten Island says:

    Jason Brickman is a true warrior and is one of those unique players who has the ability to make other teammates play better. LIU lost a lot of talent this year, however, and not even Brickman can effectively bridge that gap. It has been real fun to watch him grow and really explode for the Blackbirds over the last four years. The NEC will miss him.

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