LIU Gameday Preview – Game 19 – St. Francis Brooklyn (Battle of Brooklyn)

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LIU Brooklyn returns home to start a four-game home stand and it all begins with the Battle of Brooklyn against St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon. (Photo: BHJ Instagram)

Game Info

Opponent: St. Francis Brooklyn

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 7-13, 3-4 NEC
Tip: 3:00 PM
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: ESPN3 and NEC Front Row


About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss at Wagner, 83-59
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 23-12/15-3
KenPom Rank: 301
Meeting History: 104th all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 63-40. St. Francis Brooklyn has won three straight and four of the last five meetings. This is the 41st edition of annual Battle of Brooklyn game. LIU leads the Battle of Brooklyn 23-17 with St. Francis Brooklyn snapping a four-year Battle of Brooklyn win streak by LIU last season. 

High Scorer: Tyreek Jewell, Guard, Sr., 13.1 ppg

High Rebounder: Amdy Fall, Forward, Sr., 6.7 rpg

High Assist man: Yunus Hopkinson, Guard, Jr., 3.0 apg

Starting Probables

St. Francis Brooklyn:

G – Yunus Hopkinson
G – Tyreek Jewell
F – Antonio Jenifer
F – Amdy Fall
F – Keon Williams

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink

St. Francis Brooklyn Scouting Report

First of all, these are not the same Terriers from last season that won 23 games and went to the NEC tournament final. With Jalen Cannon and Brent Jones departed, St. Francis Brooklyn just aren’t the same team they were a year ago.

Although, St. Francis Brooklyn defensively is still quite solid, it is their offense that is really having their struggles this season. Offensively, the Terriers have the worst turnover rate in conference games so far. They turn the ball over 23.6 percent of their possessions. So nearly a quarter of their trips up the floor end in a turnover. They are also the worst three-point shooting team in conference play at 31.4 percent and have an effective field goal percentage of just 46.4 percent. They are also play at slowest tempo in NEC play, averaging around 65 possessions per game. One thing they do well is get to offensive rebounds. They have a 35.5 percent offensive rebound rate.

Defensively is where they still make their mark. The Terriers hold NEC opponents to 40.7 percent from inside the arc which is tops in the league but allow teams to shoot 37.8 percent from three which is ranked eighth. Not surprisingly, they are tops in the NEC in block percentage, mostly due to their defending NEC Defensive Player of the Year Amdy Fall, getting a block in 14 percent of NEC opponents’ possessions.

Senior guard Tyreek Jewell leads the Terriers in scoring at over 13 points per game. Jewell’s shooting numbers are slightly up from last season but his percentages are still not great. He is shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and just 27.9 percent from deep. He just had a six-game double-digit scoring streak snapped with eight points against Wagner on Thursday. He has made 12 of his last 30 three-point attempts over his last five games.

Senior big man Chris Hooper averages 11.3 ppg in nearly 22 minutes of playing time. Hooper’s game is exclusively in the paint area where he does a lot of damage, making 60.9 percent of his shots. He is second on team in rebounding at 5.5 boards per game and is averaging 20.5 points per game over the last two games. He scored a season-high 22 points against Wagner Thursday night.

Yunus Hopkinson started the season at number three on the Terriers’ depth chart at the point guard position but after the season-ending injury to starter Glenn Sanabria, Hopkinson became the starting point guard and has done an adequate job filling in. He leads the Terriers in assists and is third on the team in scoring. He is though just a 30 percent shooter from the field although he is little better from three at 34.3 percent.

Senior Amdy Fall isn’t having the same type of season he had last season without the benefit of playing along side Jalen Cannon. Fall’s numbers with the exception of his rebounding are down this season. He is averaging just 5.6 points per game although he leads the Terriers in rebounds at six boards per game. He still leads the NEC in blocks per game at 1.9 per game but that is nearly a full block per game down from a year ago.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn gave away a 12-point halftime lead and 14-point second half lead to lose to FDU on the road, 101-95, Thursday night. The 101 points allowed was the most allowed in an NEC game by any team this season. It was the highest combined scoring game in conference play this season. LIU went 2-1 on their three-game road trip and now enter a four-game home stand.

– Junior guard Joel Hernandez scored a career-high 27 points on 9 of 16 shooting including knocking down four threes and a perfect 5 of 5 from the charity stripe.

– Sophomore wing Trevin Woods continued his sizzling hot shooting from three, going 5 of 7, finishing with 17 points. After starting the season 3 of 25 from three, he is now 11 for 17 (64%) from three in his last two games.

– Aakim Saintil also continues his good play of late with 22 points against FDU Thursday night. He is averaging 21.6 points per game over his last three games.

– Jerome Frink, with his 17 points Thursday night, now rides a 13-game streak with at least 12 points or more. He is third in the NEC in scoring (16.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg) and fourth in the NEC in block shots (1.5 bpg).

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 70-65

Next Game: Sacred Heart @ LIU Brooklyn – Wednesday, January 27th – Game two of LIU’s current four-game home stand. Game will be broadcast on MSG Network and FOX College Sports. Tip is scheduled for 7:00pm.


  1. Syncere Jenkins says:


  2. Michael, at this very moment, it is tough to argue with you. I’m not there yet at packing it in though I think a top 4 finish is now done. Right now, they are greatly underachieving and there are several issues with this team that I don’t think can be fixed this season. Some of the answers are not on this team this season. I like Coach Perri but he isn’t blameless here.

  3. Michael Hernandez says:

    In response to your tweet, this team shouldn’t baffle you. They’re not very good. Vastly overrated. Where do you go from here?? You go with what you have and evaluate the entire program. Am I packing it in–yeah–I just don’t see any improvement in the talent we have. We have a couple of players that are capable. And frankly I don’t see any offensive and defensive structure with this team. That, my friend, is a coaching issue.
    You’re far to much of an optimist on this team.

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