LIU Gameday Preview – Game 25 – St. Francis Brooklyn

SFBK's Pope Center is scene for a big President's Day afternoon matchup as the two Brooklyn teams look for huge win. (Photo: Nelson Castillo - BHJ)

SFBK’s Pope Center is the scene for a big President’s Day afternoon matchup as the two Brooklyn teams look for a huge win. (Photo: Nelson Castillo – BHJ)

Game Info

Opponent: St. Francis Brooklyn

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 11-15, 7-6 NEC
Tip: 1:00 PM
Where: Pope Physical Education Center – Brooklyn Heights, NY

Broadcast: ESPNU and WatchESPN

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss vs Central Connecticut, 74-67
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 23-12/15-3
KenPom Rank: 280
Meeting History: 105th all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 63-41. St. Francis Brooklyn has won four straight and five of the last six meetings. The Terriers beat LIU Brooklyn back on January 23rd at LIU, 64-49, during the middle of snowstorm Jonas. LIU has lost the last three meetings at the Pope Center. 

High Scorer: Tyreek Jewell, Guard, Sr., 13.3 ppg

High Rebounder: Amdy Fall, Forward, Sr., 6.8 rpg

High Assist man: Yunus Hopkinson, Guard, Jr., 2.8 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

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

St. Francis Brooklyn:

G – Yunus Hopkinson
G – Tyreek Jewell
G – Gunnar Olafsson
F – Antonio Jenifer
F – Amdy Fall

St. Francis Brooklyn Scouting Report

This game is a crucial game for both teams. St. Francis Brooklyn sits one game ahead of LIU Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference standings with five games remaining for both teams. The Terriers are currently in sixth place with a record of 7-6 and could move into a tie for fifth with Sacred Heart with a win.

St. Francis Brooklyn comes into this game winners of their last two and three of their last four games. The Terriers have lost just once in NEC play at home this season.

The Terriers come in second in the NEC in scoring defense, allowing 66.8 points per game. They are holding opponents to an NEC-second best 43.4 percent shooting from the field. In NEC play, their defense have been ratcheted it up even more as they have allowed just 63.1 points per game and have held NEC teams to 39.4 percent shooting through their thirteen conference games. In NEC play, they are holding team to .942 points per possession this season.

The Terriers are third in the conference during NEC play in rebounding margin. They are out-rebounding NEC opponents by nearly two rebounds per game. They are third in the NEC in getting to the offensive boards at 12 rebounds per game, just behind LIU Brooklyn who is second.

At the other end, the Terriers are ranked eighth among NEC teams in scoring offense at 65 points per game. They are last in the league in shooting at nearly 39 percent. They are 31.5 percent from three and are ninth in the NEC in free throw shooting at 65.4 percent. They are 330th in the nation in offensive efficiency at 93.2 points per 100 possessions. Their effective field goal percentage of 45.4 percent is 320th in the nation. They also turn the ball over just over 20 percent of their possessions. They love shooting the three. 44 percent of their shots this season have come from behind the three-point arc, that is the most in the NEC, even higher than the Mount.

Senior guard Tyreek Jewell still leads St. Francis Brooklyn in scoring at over 13.3 points per game. He is now shooting nearly 40 percent from the floor and is now up to 30 percent from three. At 6’1”, he is also third on the team in rebounding at 5.2 rebounds per game. Eleven days ago, he scored a season-high 29 against Sacred Heart in a win at home.

Senior Chris Hooper is making a case for All-NEC team inclusion. The big man is averaging 11.2 ppg in 21.4 minutes of playing time and he has been doing it coming off the bench as their sixth man. Hooper’s game is exclusively in the paint area where he does a lot of damage, making 59.7 percent of his shots. He has fallen to third on the team in rebounding at five boards per game and has been quiet over the last two games with just six total points in just six shots in that span.

The player who has become the Terriers biggest offensive threat has been junior point guard Yunus Hopkinson who has now become one of the leaders on this team and taken full advantage of his opportunity since Glenn Sanabria was lost for the season. He is averaging 25.5 points per game over the last two games and just put up a career-high 27 points in his last game versus Central Connecticut and is solid candidate for NEC Most Improved Player. He is shooting 36.2 percent from three, so LIU will need to be aware of him on the perimeter.

Senior forwards Amdy Fall and Antonio Jenifer will be the one-two for the Terriers in the front court along with Hooper off the bench. Fall is still the league leader in blocks at just under two per game and having career year rebounding the ball at nearly severn per game. Jenifer is now fourth on the team in scoring at 7.6 points per game and second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game. He is coming off a career-high 22 points against CCSU.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn swept the season series over Wagner, who had been in a tie for first place in the NEC, with a 82-69 win at home Thursday night.

– The win was LIU’s sixth-straight game in which they have alternated wins and losses.

– Jerome Frink scored 26 points, 19 of those in the second half to extend his streak of double-digit scoring games to 19 straight. Frink is still third in the NEC in scoring average at 17.3 points per game and second in the NEC in rebounding at 9.1 rebounds per game.

– Martin Hermannsson scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. His streak of 20-plus scoring games did end at four straight.

– Nura Zanna scored a season-high 16 points on 7 of 11 from the floor in the win, 14 of those points coming in the first half.

– LIU is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since January 16th.

KenPom Prediction: St. Francis Brooklyn, 71-66

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Robert Morris – Thursday, February 15th – The Blackbirds continue on their three-game road swing as they head to Western Pennsylvania for a critical two games, beginning with Robert Morris at the Sewall Center. Tip is scheduled for 7:00pm and game will be on NEC Front Row.

Comments

  1. Dan From Staten Island says:

    What you saw in the Feb 15th game between LIU and St. Francis was a prime example of the Jekyll and Hyde games that are peppered among the NEC games each and every week. Absolutely no consistency in performance from game to game and every team can beat any other team in the Conference on any particular day or night, home or away. How the Terriers can soundly beat the Blackbirds at LIU by double digits and have LIU return the favor in the same fashion in Brooklyn Heights is incredibly maddening, but a fact of life in the Conference. I give up!!

  2. Nelly you r da best Much love to your wife and Victoria the cutie Again thanks for your great info and articles updates your awesome If they can put a couple Ws together the Blackbirds can beat anyone still believe it Thanks brother

  3. Dan From Staten Island says:

    As always, great preview! Looking forward to another classic between Brooklyn neighbors. From the St. Francis side, Terrier fans are finally seeing former Juco All-Americans Tyreek Jewell and Tony Jenifer play at the level expected when they both arrived on Remsen Street for the 2014-2015 season. Jewell is now shooting at the FG and 3-point FG percentages he registered on the junior college level and which made him an offensive force. His rebounding ability for a 6-1 SG is really outstanding and he continues to be recognized as one of the premier perimeter defenders in the NEC. Jenifer has finally emerged as a match-up nightmare with his overall play inside and out at 6-7. He’s become a really effective face-up four man who can handle and drive and has been rebounding lately like a man possessed. Those two guys, teamed up with Chris Hooper and Yunus Hopkinson, seem to be peaking at the right time. The rest of the season could get rather interesting if they can get by the always tough Blackbirds on Presidents Day.

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