LIU Brooklyn 80 Fairleigh Dickinson 76

It wasn’t pretty at times but LIU Brooklyn got a desperately needed NEC win at Fairleigh Dickinson as they held off the Knights to win 80-76 on Saturday afternoon.

The Blackbirds used another strong start to the game to get out in front by thirteen at 25-12 with over eight minutes left in the first half. FDU would hang tough and get back into it but LIU still held an eight point lead with 4:46 left. FDU would finish the half strong with a 9-3 run to close the half and LIU would go into the locker room with just a 37-35 lead at the break.

FDU would continue their run into the second half by scoring the first six points to take a four-point lead and Blackbirds fan had to be thinking, ‘here we go again’. This time, LIU had an answer and responded. They took the lead back but FDU came back to tie the game up at 65 with 6:05 left.

Now, the Blackbirds fans were really nervous as LIU has not feared well in these situation in NEC play this season.

This time, LIU didn’t let that get into their heads and went on a 8-2 run to go ahead by six with under two minutes to play. FDU would fight back to get within three with 49 seconds remaining. Then came the biggest play of the game.

Elvar Friðriksson would get into the lane on a drive and get off a layup attempt but missed it and out of nowhere Joel Hernandez came flying and slammed down the follow to put LIU up five with 24 seconds left. Gerrell Martin and Martin Hermannsson would hit their free throws down the stretch to give LIU their much-needed third NEC win of the season.

It was nice to see LIU, at least for one game, break the cycle of getting up by double-digits and then losing even though FDU didn’t make it easy for the Blackbirds. LIU really needed to work in the second half. Luckily, the offense pulled through with 43 second half points because for the third straight game, LIU allowed over 40 points to their opponents in the second half as they gave up 41 points to the Knights.

In fact, LIU scored 1.06 points per possession for the second consecutive game (80 points in 75 possessions) and allowed just 0.99 points per possession (76 points in 77 possessions) to the Knights. LIU allowed FDU to shot just 38.7% in the first half but the Knights shot 56% in the second half which keep them in the game.

The difference was LIU was able to get to the free throw line 45 times which was a season-high. They were +20 in the free throw attempts differential. LIU nearly cost themselves by missing 16 free throws, ten of those in the second half when the game was getting tight. LIU did help themselves by only committing just nine turnovers while FDU committed 15 turnovers.

The Blackbirds got a career-high performance from freshman Martin Hermannsson who scored 21 points, 18 of those points came in the second half. He scored those 21 points on just six shots attempts. That is because Hermannsson went to the free throw line 15 times and made twelve. He also added four rebounds, four assists and five steals. This was easily his best game of the season. Hermannsson has scored in double-figures in six of the eight NEC games and is now averaging over ten points per game for the season at 10.3.

Gerrell Martin had a solid game with 17 points on eleven shots. Joel Hernandez scored nine but no two points were bigger than the two he got on that follow dunk. Hernandez though struggled mightily from the free throw going 3 for 10. I thought Perri should have taken him out late in the game because of his free throw struggles but Hernandez rewarded Perri for his faith in him with that big dunk play late in the game.

Two Blackbirds who had surprising games were Glenn Feidanga and Trevon Woods. Feidanga in his second game back of his second return stint, nearly got a double-double off the bench with nine points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes. Woods scored a season-high seven points on 3 of 4 shooting in just five minutes of playing time.

FDU got 21 points from Mustafaa Jones who scored 16 of his points in the second half. Xavier Harris finished with a double-double 13 points and ten rebounds. Freshman Darian Anderson, who killed LIU in the first meeting, didn’t have the same impact in this game as he finished seven points before fouling out. FDU has now lost six straight games and fall to 2-6 in the NEC.

With the win, LIU Brooklyn is now 3-5 in the NEC and in a tie with Sacred Heart for seventh place in the NEC standings. By virtue of their head-to-head win, LIU has the tiebreaker for now with Sacred Heart. Now, they are just one game behind of fifth-place teams, Saint Francis U. and Wagner who both lost on Saturday and two games behind Mount St. Mary’s for fourth and that final first round home game spot.

Up next is Central Connecticut who LIU has already beaten on the road and who just got their first NEC win of the season in dramatic fashion in beating Wagner at home on Saturday.

That game looms large because after that game, LIU’s schedule get a lot more difficult with games versus St. Francis Brooklyn, a pair against both Robert Morris and Saint Francis U. and a road game at Mount St. Mary’s who are difficult to beat on at their place. LIU needs to build off this victory and try and take care of business on Thursday. For now, they get the win they badly needed and have a chance to get some momentum going before they head into the toughest portion of their conference season.

Comments

  1. rAYMOND cHOW sPORTS says:

    WELL WELL WELL SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE A COMMUNISTIC SYSTEM HERE ON THIS BLOG WHERE ONCE A TEAM WINS THEY LET YOU COMMENT ON THE WIN BUT IF THEY LOSE THEN THE COMMENT SECTION SUDDENLY DISAPPEARS NOW ABOUT THIS LATEST WIN PLEASE PLEASE DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE THIS IS FOOLS GOLD . FDU COMPETELY GAVE AWAY THE GAME TO LIU DUE TO TURNOVERS MISSED FREE THROWS AND FOUL TROUBLE. MARTIN HERMANSON IS AN OKAY PLAYER HE IS NOT THE TRUTH AND THE WAY HE IS BEING BUILT UP MAKES ME ATTACK HIM AND HIS COACH MORE BECAUSE FOR A EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL BALL PLAYER WITH EXPERIENCE HE IS JUST AVERAGE BUT SHOWS UP AGAINST WEAKER TEAMS BUT THE BETTER TEAMS YOU DONT HEAR FROM HIM HE TURNS THE BALL OVER AND HIS JUMPSHOT IS SUSPECT .UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE. I WANT TO ALSO COMMENT ON LIU ALUM 85 WHO IS PROBALY SOMEONE GHOST WRITING ON THE LIU COACHING STAFF PROBABLY COACH BRIDGE OR JACK PERRI HIMSELF SPEAKIN ON HOW TREVON WOODS HAD S OFFENSIVE SPURT IN THE 1ST HALF BUT DEFENSIVELY HE IS SUFFERING . WELL MAYBE LIU ALUM 85 OR COACH BRIDGE OR PERRI IS BECAUSE HE IS A GUARD NOT A FORWARD AND DUE TO YOU PLAYING HIM OUT OF POSITION BECAUSE YOU PAID FOR THESE EUROPEAN PLAYERS SO YOU HAVE TO PLAY THEM HE CANT PLAY HIS NATURAL POSITION .I HAVE WATCHED THIS KID WOODS WHO RARELY GETS IN THE GAME JUST LIKE THE STUDENT FROM THE 4TH FLOOR WATCH PRACTICE AFTER PRACTICE BUST ELVAR ,MARTIN ,AND GERRELL . ON OFFENSE ITS KRAZY HOW HE CAN TOY WITH THESE GUYS AND THEY CANT CHECK HIM IN PRACTICE BUT I HEARD IT FROM COACHES MOUTH THAT THEY ARE WAITING FOR WOODS TO IMPROVE DEFENSIVELY BUT MY QUESTION IS HERMANSON AS WELL AS FREDRICKS CANT GUARD A STATUE !!! BUT GOOD OLE COACH PERRI CONTINUES TO SAY HE’S NOT READY DEFENSIVELY (SMH) MEANWHILE THE EUROPEAN GREAT WHITE HOPES STI;LL AVG 5 OR MORE TURNOVERS A GAME AND THEIR ASSIST RATIO HAS PLUMETED . I THINK THE GUARD ON ST JOHNS DURING THE 1ST GAME WAS CORRECT WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT COACH PERRI SAYING THAT HE CANT COACH AND THE RUMOR IS HE WANTS TOO MAKE ELVAR ANOTHER BRIKMAN . BUT WE SHALL SEE SHORTLY AND HOPEFULLY THE ADMINISTRATION WILL REALIZE THIS COACH DOES NOT HAVE A WINNIG FORMULA AND DESRVE TO BECOME A PERMANENT ASSISTANT (LET HIM KEEP FOULS) UNITL HE LEARNS THE ART OF BUILDING A TRUE TEAM ESPECIALLY WITHOUT ADDING 5 FRESHMAN GUARDS AND NO I REPEAT NO BIG MEN !!!!!

    • LIU Alum '85 says:

      There’s an awful lot of hate in your post. Aren’t we here because we want LIU to succeed? I have no idea why you think I am a coach – I simply watch the games like everyone else and comment on what I see. If you can’t see Hermannsson is a good player then I’m sorry. You clearly have an agenda and don’t have a clear concept of what the TEAM is trying to achieve. Very disappointing as I really believe the team could do some special things if everyone stays together.

  2. Ron Rammsey says:

    Nice win guys Thought there were too many fouls called More fun to watch up and down game with a flow to it.The refs seem to think the fans are there to watch them call the game Anyway congrats Blackbirds Thanks Nel

  3. LIU Alum '85 says:

    Much needed win. Great game from Hermannsson, who has been a very good addition. Trevon Woods had a nice spurt in the first half offensively but his defense still needs some work. A lot of room for improvement which is extremely encouraging despite what some think of the early start.

    Before the season started the team had a combined 195 games played at the Division I level. Two junior college transfer seniors (with Carter only playing 7 games last year), three sophomores and one true senior who played 8 minutes a game through his first two years.

    Those that don’t think this is a young team are kidding themselves. And need to exercise a bit of patience. The team could have won all 8 games in conference play – the largest margin of defeat is 7 points. They haven’t trailed by double figures hardly at all. RMU is the only other team that hasn’t lost by double figures in conference play – and they have a senior that might be the best overall player in the league to go to.

    Great things ahead if everyone remains focused on the common goal and don’t get caught up in individual accomplishments.

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