Poor second half takes down LIU Brooklyn to fall to 3-2


LIU dropped their second straight in loss to Dartmouth on Sunday. LIU’s Martin Hermannsson led them in scoring and rebounding. (Photo: Bob Dea)

Well, I have to imagine the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team is looking forward to getting on a plane and returning back to campus tonight because they probably wished this Thanksgiving weekend two-game road trip never happened.

The Blackbirds saw Dartmouth sophomore guard/forward Miles Wright carve them up for a career-high 39 points and set a new Dartmouth home arena record in a second-half beatdown which led to a 79-56 loss for LIU and drop them to 3-2 overall. Wright previously career-high before Sunday’s game was 21 points he scored last season against Brown.

LIU, which was only down by three at the half, were plagued by foul trouble throughout the entire game. The Blackbirds committed thirteen first half fouls. The one LIU player who hurt the most was junior guard Aakim Saintil who played only six minutes in the first half due to foul woes.

Even with all the foul issues, LIU was able to stay in the game thanks to a plus-seven rebounding advantage, making three of eight three-pointers and holding the Big Green to 34% shooting in the first half.

But the second half was a different story, Dartmouth started the half on a 11-2 run which for all intensive purposes put LIU away. LIU wouldn’t get closer than five points to Dartmouth and they closed the game outscoring LIU 24-11 to win by 23.

The game was pretty much the Miles Wright show. The Dartmouth sophomore was sizzling hot all game and torched the Blackbirds with his shooting in particularly from three-point range. Miles made 13 of 22 shots and was incredible 7 of 9 from three with a very smooth looking stroke. Wright scored nearly half of Dartmouth points.

With no answer for Wright and with LIU losing Joel Hernandez and then Aakim Saintil who both fouled out, LIU had no more fight in them especially after losing Saintil with 5:16 remaining in the game.

Martin Hermannsson led LIU with 15 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Iverson Fleming has his best game of the season thus far with 14 points and played a season-high 32 minutes. Saintil finished with 11 points in his 19 minutes before fouling out.

Jerome Frink, hampered by fouls, only played 23 minutes and took just six shots in finishing with just six points and five rebounds. Joel Hernandez had a game to forget. He went scoreless in fouling out in 17 minutes. Freshman Raul Frias played a season-high 11 minutes.

Three LIU players who are struggling early on are Nura Zanna, Trevin Woods and Trevon Woods. Zanna has yet to get things going this season. He has yet to play more than 20 minutes in any one game and he is shooting just 43.5% in the early going. In particular these last two games, Zanna has had a rough go on both ends of the court and LIU needs for him to start picking his game up as the calendar turns to December. Trevin Woods hasyet to find the shooting range in his return to the lineup after missing the team’s first two games. He is 1 of 8 from the floor and 0 of 6 from three. His brother Trevon isn’t shooting much better. He is just 2 of 10 from the field so far and 0 of 8 three. The Woods twins was suppose to help provide a lift for LIU from three and neither one has gotten going as of yet. These three guys really need to start getting back to what they all do best. The Blackbirds will surely need big games from all of them in LIU’s upcoming games.

One sort of positive sign for LIU was their three-point shooting. LIU made 8 of 23 threes against Dartmouth including 6 of 7 three-pointers made from Martin Hermannsson and Aakim Saintil. There is still a lot of work to go in that department as the rest of the team went 2 for 16 but its better than the 21.5% they were shooting from three coming into the game.

LIU also added some injury to insult. Martin Hermannsson left the game briefly in the first half with lower body knock but returned to the game and played a game-high 34 minutes. Aakim Saintil ran into the scorers’ table pretty hard wit his back also in the first half but remained in the game. Freshman Julius van Sauers did leave the game in the second half with an undisclosed lower body injury. He had to be helped off the court and did not return. His status for Thursday’s game against UMass Lowell is uncertain.

The Blackbirds now return back to Brooklyn to face UMass Lowell on Thursday night to try and put a stop to this two-game losing streak. LIU still remains the only NEC team with three wins heading into the final day of November. This was LIU’s first loss to Dartmouth in their history. LIU was previously 2-0 against the Big Green prior to the loss on Sunday.


  1. Syncere Jenkins says:

    Where r u john jenkins aka liu coaching staff u hearing me now DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE !!! YOUR DEFENSE IS TO COMPLEX SIMPLFY IT OR YOU WILL LOSE AGAIN !!!

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