LIU Brooklyn found their three-point shot to bury Bryant by 18 on the road

Trevon Woods lit up the Chace Athletic Center Saturday night with six threes for a career-high 20 points. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Trevon Woods lit up the Chace Athletic Center Saturday night with six threes for a career-high 20 points. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

Basketball is a funny game sometimes. You just never know when the unexpected will rear its head and totally throw you for a loop. That is what happened Saturday afternoon in LIU Brooklyn’s impressive 79-61 victory at Bryant which puts them back at 3-3 in the NEC and back over .500 for the season at 8-7.

Jerome Frink and Martin Hermannsson were one and two in scoring for the Blackbirds coming into the game and neither were one were in the top three in scoring in a game in which LIU won by eighteen points. That was one of several crazy happening for LIU in this game.

Woods was 3 for 25 from three entering the game and finished 6 of 10 from deep vs Bryant. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Woods was 3 for 25 from three entering the game and finished 6 of 10 from deep vs Bryant. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

Sophomore Trevin Woods, who came into the game averaging 1.8 points per game, who had made just 3 of 25 three-point attempts this season, went wild for the Blackbirds. He hit his first three shots of the game, all threes, to match his season total in a span of one minute and fifty seconds to take a game which was tied at 19 and helped push LIU to as high as 19-point lead in the first half. He made four of six threes in the first half and didn’t stop there. He made two more in the second half to finish with six three-pointers and a career-high 20 points. His previous high was 13 points in a game he had against Robert Morris last season.

LIU as a team made ten threes in the game, which was the most since making twelve threes against UMass Lowell back in early December.

The Blackbirds were finally able to break the point per possession mark offensively for the second time in their last nine games and their 1.14 points per possession (79 points/70 possessions) was their highest points per possession mark of the season.

LIU also played a great game defensive, as they held the Bulldogs to just 61 points and allowed Bryant to score 0.855 points per possession which was their second-lowest mark of the season behind the 0.746 ppp they allowed to Incarnate Word back in December. LIU’s 2-3 zone in particular was giving the Bulldogs issues as LIU’s zone was very aggressive on Bryant shooters in particular Shane McLaughlin and Hunter Ware who were a combined 5 for 19 from the field.

Aakim Saintil capped a good weekend for him with 16 points against Bryant. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Aakim Saintil capped a good weekend for him with 16 points against Bryant. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

Aakim Saintil once again had a solid game for the Blackbirds to cap a good weekend for the LIU point guard. He followed his 27-point career night against Wagner Thursday with 16 points versus the Bulldogs.

Joel Hernandez also had a good game for LIU with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting and even more importantly 5 of 6 from the free throw line for 15 points. Hernandez come in this week’s game shooting 55 percent from the foul line and in his two games this week made 7 of 9 from the free throw line which is very good step in the right direction for him.

Jerome Frink and Martin Hermannsson took a bit of a back seat offensively for LIU as their teammates stepped up in a big way. Frink scored 12 points with ten points coming the second half and also grabbed seven rebounds. Hermannsson scored eleven and dished out eight assists having to play several key minutes at point guard in the first half after Saintil went to the bench with two fouls.

Also, freshman Raul Frias, who coming into the weekend, was one player that was in consideration in getting some more minutes in light of LIU’s need for more outside shooting, played a season-high 18 minutes although he did not score in his two shot attempts but did contribute a steal and assist and had no turnovers.

Bryant got a great game from freshman big man Marcel Pettway who finished with his second-straight double-double and fifth overall this season with a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in playing 39 minutes. The big man made 10 of 14 shots in the game. Hunter Ware struggled shooting, going 4 of 16 and finished with 14 points. Freshman Nisre Zouzoua scored 13 points but played only 25 minutes due to foul trouble. Bryant was held to 36.7% shooting from the field and now fall to 4-2 in the NEC and fall out of the group of first-place teams.

Joel Hernandez had a solid game for LIU on both ends of the court. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Joel Hernandez had a solid game for LIU on both ends of the court. Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU with the big 2-0 week on the road against teams who were in first-place when they played them and are now back in the mix in the NEC standings and rebounded from what was an ugly 0-2 week at home last weekend. At 3-3, LIU is now three-way tie for third with St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis U.

This current three-game road gauntlet is not done yet. They will visit Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday who are 4-2 and have been one of the early surprises in the NEC so far.

If LIU can get a win on Thursday and can go into their four-game home stand which starts next Saturday night on a winning streak, things could be looking up for the Blackbirds. But as we know, LIU has only been able to put a win streak of three games together once this season which was all the way back at the beginning of the season. There is a good opportunity for them to get some big momentum going for them but they have one more tough game to get by to make it happen. A win on Thursday would go a long way in helping them to get to where they want to be at the end of the season.

Comments

  1. Joe Jenkins says:

    Dearest Cousin,

    It’s tough to understand how we can have such differing views on a team.

    You pose the question “Why have a starting 5 or a first team if they never play together?”, yet if you look at the statistics, the starting 5 over the last 5 games has played together 29.7% of the time. That’s the highest rate of any school in the Northeast Conference. So what gives?

    You say “His defensive system is terrible”. While the team has not played great defense all year, it has certainly shown the capability. And overall, it is ranked 5th in adjusted defense in the NEC. Not “terrible” by any stretch of the imagination.

    Let’s get to your points about the individual players themselves.

    First, Aakim Saintil, a “point guard who is turn over prone and shoots too much”. Well, yes, Aakim had a rough stretch of games. And yes, he has shown a propensity to shoot the ball when it may not be the best time to. But he also ranks among the NEC leaders in assists. And also is one of the top free throw shooters in the league. He committed just two turnovers (TWO) while playing 39 minutes (and also scoring 27 points, mind you) against the best defensive team in the league in Wagner. He also had just two turnovers in 30 minutes against Bryant. For the point guard of a team, that’s not a lot. His assist-turnover ratio in NEC games thus far is 5th, ahead of guards from St. Francis Brooklyn, Robert Morris, Saint Francis U., Mount St. Mary’s and Fairleigh Dickinson. He trails just two guys from Bryant, his own teammate (Hermannsson) and another St. Francis Brooklyn guard.

    And finally, Trevon Woods and Iverson Fleming. You are complaining about them not getting minutes, but in the two games they did not play, the team won. Is that a coincidence? Both Trevon and Iverson have had plenty of opportunities. Combined, the two of them are shooting 29% from the field and 22% from three-point range. Those are not good numbers, especially when you are guards. Iverson has a shaky handle, slow release and tunnel vision on the fast break, where he likes to pull up and take low-percentage two-point jumpers. Trevon has all the ability in the world, but has yet to show he is capable of sustaining his effort and stay focused for long stretches.

    There is a ton of season left and there will be ups and downs. But you need to seriously re-examine your priorities if you are calling for the coach’s head rather than rooting for the team to win. Even after wins. It’s pathetic, sad, and very telling on your character.

    • David Sack says:

      Thanks for saying this. After every game win or lose I read about how Martin Hermansson, probably the team’s most consistent player is terrible. I read about how Trevon Woods is the second coming of Jamal Olasewere, when he can’t make a 3 to save his life. Maybe you, his cousin, talking some sense in to him will make him rethink these vendettas against Perri, Saintil, and Hermansson.

    • Syncere Jenkins says:

      Number who ever said anything about being related to anyone on the team ? If you know who i am trust me my complexion does not resemble being AFRICAN AMERICAN at all !!! But your trying your trying to tell me that starting 5 players and substituting them at 17 mins of every game losing or winning makes the starting 5 play together more than any other team in in the conf . You sound like the asshole known as Coach bridge or the asshole himself coach jack perri !!! Whatever you want to believe facts are facts numbers are numbers and this team is flawed just like the coach who should of never been hired to coach on the Division 1 level .Lets look at his recruitment record since he inherited players from the last regime . He went below 500 2 yrs ago and below 500 last year and if i was bookie I would say with the mutiny going on this team for the second year straight cause byt the coach and his lies and false promises they will fail again and if the AD gives this coach an extenstion not only should he be fired but he should close down the entire mens program until someone qualified is brought in to run it . But to Coach bridge or whoever you are if you want to know who i really am give me your personal email and I will show you who i am and you’d be quite surprised I am not the color you may think i am so thanks for making a relative of people i barely know ASSHOLE !!

      • Joe Jenkins says:

        Who said anything about complexion? Or race? Or being related to anyone on the team? Those are your words, not mine, Syncere. The previous poster was speaking of “tongue-in-cheek” referencing you being my cousin. So to be clear, you are once again creating things out of thin air.

        My previous post brings out statistics to disprove your theories about substitution patterns. Also, how would a team teetering on a “mutiny” go on the road and beat two of the better teams in the league? What kind of terrible, awful, brutal coach would be able to do that?

        And if the team did win the games despite terrible coaching, which I’m sure you’ll somehow try to justify, then that goes against his recruiting record because he clearly recruited players that were good enough to play and win in this conference.

        You are so far beyond ridiculous it isn’t even funny. And to insinuate I’m a coach – or better yet, the HEAD COACH – is even more ridiculous. Don’t you think you’re one of the few people that follows the program that sees what you do? Do you see any other poster on this site – or any of the writers at Big Apple Buckets or anywhere else – saying anything like you’re saying? Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?

        The team is 3-3 in league, and has played four of its first six games on the road. After Thursday, four straight home games will be what makes or breaks this season.

        And in closing, I don’t care what color skin you have. I don’t care if you’re white, black, purple, green, blue, red, or pink. THIS IS ABOUT BASKETBALL! And your insistence on going against EVERYTHING anyone says positive about the team.

      • Syncere Jenkins says:

        NUFF TALKING WE WILL SEE IF THIS TEAM COLLAPSES OR IF THEY WILL FLOURISH MY MONEY IS ON THEY WONT MAKE THE NEC TOURNAMENT & IF NOT COACH SHOULD BE FIRED !! PERIOD SO STATS DONT MEAN A THING BUDDY ITS ABOUT WINS

    • s thompson says:

      Dear Joe Jenkins my name is Steve Thompson and i am the cousin of the woods twins trevin and trevon . Any questions or comments you would like to say to me please feel free to contact me personally or give me your phone number and you can personally tell me or i sit in the same place every home game please by all means talk to me. I was told you was speaking about me as if i have been on this blog referring to coach jack perri and to be honest with you i couldnt care less about jack perri personally because jack perri in my opinion isnt a man of integrity and he is not a good coach .Number 1 i have went to the number 1 high school basketball program in NYC CTK class of 86 go royals and i have seen personnel friends of mine Jayson Williams Lamar Odom Sue Bird Chammiqua holdsclaw just to name a few play the game of basketball as well as help develope younger players such as Doron lamb McDonalds all american and UK ncaa Basketball champion. I have kept my comments to myself and not said a word about this coach nor this team so personally please keep your comments about me off this blog im not the one to play with i mind my business and keep to myself and if other people that know me and come to support my family members then its their right to remain anonymous .Now i have seen players excel and go on to become NBA All Star players and been around enough programs to know when teams will be successful and Coach perri does not do that . Coach Perri has to live with himself and if he is right let the chips fall where they may because if coach is right he wil win if not he wont and if he gets fired then oh well but couldn’t care less about LIU basketball doesnt make me money or feed my family . So who ever you are please address me when I address you I dont not participate in foolishness and if you are defending a man maybe you should learn the real story before you attack people and see why they may have a gripe . But again leave my name out of your mouth thank you very much

      S thompson

  2. I agree with Sam. I think both Fleming and Trevon Woods were given their opportunities this season and neither grasped it. Fleming had two really good games this season and that has been it. Before his benching, he has scored 23 points total in his last nine games, shooting 23% in those 9 games and 1 of 11 from three with 11 assists and 9 turnovers. Woods since his best game at Niagara (11 pts) has 14 points in his last seven games and had four straight scoreless games before his benching this weekend. In his last seven games, he is shooting 17% from the field and 3 for 20 from three. As badly as this team is in need of outside shooting and scoring, you think these two guys should be playing right now. I think both will be given another chance at some point but right now, you have to play the guys who are going to help you win. Raul Frias is now getting his opportunity since these guys couldn’t take advantage of theirs. If Frias doesn’t give them anything, you’ll likely see Trevon and Fleming get another opportunity but right now especially after the week they had last week, I don’t see how you can go against Perri shortening his rotation and playing the guys that is going to help this team win right now. I was glad to see Trevin finally find his shot. We know from last season he wasn’t a 12% three-point shooter. Let’s hope it continues because they are going to need someone other than Hermannsson and Saintil to consistently knock down perimeter shots.

    • Syncere Jenkins says:

      This is for Sam & Nelson C and i say this with all the volume necessary in my Floyd Mayweather voice and attitude “YOU GUYS DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT BASKETBALL”
      First off Trevon Woods does not average 8 mins a game and when he gets in the game what plays are designed for him to shoot especially if hakim saintil chucks up 17 shots a game and if Woods does anything that coach perri doesnt want him to do he takes him out the game. This kid won a game for them had a quick 3 three’s and doesnt get more playing time ? What player is burning it up may i ask ? You have a point guard who is turn over prone and shoots too much . His last game came from him chucking up shots and getting to the line his percentage was 45% shooting. But lets talk about Iverson Fleming who is solid Defender and can run the team well .You guys want people to excel but how do you excel if the coach takes you before you even got in ? Coach Perri is not a good coach he has won with another coaches players and his recruitment and use of his players are wrong in a outdated system he runs from the 80’s kids are more athletic these days and he runs a offense based on a high shooting % in which no one shoots those percentages . His Defensive system is terrible LIU can break a press consistently over and over to save his life and his defensive switches are not for the personel on this team they are not quick enough to do so and theyd be better playing in a zone .But you guys go right ahead and believe that kids lost their opportunity if you want What coach subs every 17min of the first half ? why have a starting 5 or a first team if they never play together ? Why arent there any post up plays in the offense ,Oh mayb because their center cant hold on to the ball or leads the league in getting his shot blocked ? You guys really need to look at it from a basketball IQ and tell me is this team ready to win under this coach its a good team but there are flaws and watch what i tell you its going to get ugly again before it gets better because of good ole coach Perri Watch !!!!!

  3. Michael Hernandez says:

    Hi Nelson,
    Nothing like spending time with the family. Good moms who let their dads do their boy things must be recompensed and, in your case, spending quality time with your very tolerant wife and your lovely daughter goes a long way.
    Didn’t see a minute of the game live, but saw a part on replay. There’s nothing like having deep talent. Here are teams that focus on our big guns, and up steps one of the Woods twins who drills almost every trey he threw up. He got open looks and took the opportunity. Good for him. We have individual players that can carry our team on their backs. And there days when shots won’t fall for them. To me, it’s always that unexpected player, the one who no one expects to step up, steps up. The one’s that opposing coaches don’t prepare for–that’s the player throwing daggers and hitting their target. It’s nice to have that nice deep talented bench. One thing though, we still need work in controlling the glass. There’s always room for improvement.
    Nelson, as you said, three tough road games with two down and success. We WILL have time to prepare for the third.
    Be well,
    Michael Hernandez

  4. Syncere Jenkins says:

    Great Win by LIU on the ROAD . But there is a bigger problem evolving no Iverson Fleming No Trevon Woods for no reason or is it because coach Perri is being called out for his promises that he is not keeping . Quiet as kept there is a mutiny forming on this team and if the losses start to come youll see more of a rebellion you heard it here from me not NELSON C , who just does his job and not into the real problems of LIU basketball which is Coach Perri

    • In respose to Syncere Jenkins

      I would just say that both Iverson Fleming and Trevon Woods had plenty of opportunity to show what they could do in the first 15 or 16 games and have not produced.. They both deserved to be taken out of the rotation..Trevin has been injured and might just be rounding into form so he deserved his chance.. and took full advantage of it..Trevin was also a key performer last year and played very well for a Freshman, As to what goes on behind the scenes or promises that were made..I am sure like every Coach, Perri told his recruits that if they earned their playing time they would get.it..I don’t think if a recruit is dominating in practice that the coaching staff would not give him the opportunity to play. If the newcomers are deserving of playing time and not getting it then I would agree with you, but I have no way on knowing this, and probably neither do you.

      • Syncere Jenkins says:

        This is for Sam & Nelson C and i say this with all the volume necessary in my Floyd Mayweather voice and attitude “YOU GUYS DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT BASKETBALL”
        First off Trevon Woods does not average 8 mins a game and when he gets in the game what plays are designed for him to shoot especially if hakim saintil chucks up 17 shots a game and if Woods does anything that coach perri doesnt want him to do he takes him out the game. This kid won a game for them had a quick 3 three’s and doesnt get more playing time ? What player is burning it up may i ask ? You have a point guard who is turn over prone and shoots too much . His last game came from him chucking up shots and getting to the line his percentage was 45% shooting. But lets talk about Iverson Fleming who is solid Defender and can run the team well .You guys want people to excel but how do you excel if the coach takes you before you even got in ? Coach Perri is not a good coach he has won with another coaches players and his recruitment and use of his players are wrong in a outdated system he runs from the 80’s kids are more athletic these days and he runs a offense based on a high shooting % in which no one shoots those percentages . His Defensive system is terrible LIU can break a press consistently over and over to save his life and his defensive switches are not for the personel on this team they are not quick enough to do so and theyd be better playing in a zone .But you guys go right ahead and believe that kids lost their opportunity if you want What coach subs every 17min of the first half ? why have a starting 5 or a first team if they never play together ? Why arent there any post up plays in the offense ,Oh mayb because their center cant hold on to the ball or leads the league in getting his shot blocked ? You guys really need to look at it from a basketball IQ and tell me is this team ready to win under this coach its a good team but there are flaws and watch what i tell you its going to get ugly again before it gets better because of good ole coach Perri Watch !!!!!

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