LIU Brooklyn let go of men’s basketball head coach Jack Perri after a 20-win season and 12 years at the university.

LIU Brooklyn announced on Monday that LIU HC Jack Perri will not return. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

In the most surprising and probably the least logical news I have seen and/or heard in all of my years of watching and covering LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball for the past twenty years, LIU Brooklyn have decided to part ways with men’s basketball head coach Jack Perri after five seasons and twelve years in total at the university as both a head coach and an assistant coach.

The news was first reported by ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman this afternoon.

LIU Brooklyn athletic director Brad Cohen released the following statement a little while after the news broke on Twitter.

LIU Brooklyn has informed head men’s basketball coach John Perri that it will not renew his contract which expires in August.  LIU is grateful for his many contributions to our program and wish him great success in the future.  A search for a new head men’s basketball coach is underway.  The University will provide additional information when a selection has been made.

Just an aside from Cohen’s statement, John is his Perri’s given name.

So the LIU Brooklyn administration decided not to renew the contract of their head coach after he won twenty games and finished in second place in the Northeast Conference standings this season.

Perri built this program back up from their three-year run of winning the NEC and losing several of the best players in not just LIU Brooklyn basketball history but NEC history. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn declines postseason invites, ends 2016-17 season at 20-12

With today being Selection Sunday, we all got to see who along with Mount St. Mary’s made up the 68-team NCAA tournament field this year.

We all knew LIU Brooklyn was not going to be among those teams but after LIU were upset by Robert Morris in the NEC tournament quarterfinal round a couple of weeks ago, LIU head coach Jack Perri revealed in the postgame presser with the media that they had gotten invitations to play in the other non-NCAA sponsored postseason tournaments although he didn’t reveal which one they were but many felt they would be a prime candidate to participate in the Postseason Tournament or the CIT as it is better known. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn upset by Robert Morris in NEC Tournament quarterfinals

This fadeaway from RMU's Kavon Stewart with three seconds left helped knock out LIU Brooklyn from the 2017 NEC Tournament Wednesday night. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

This fadeaway from RMU’s Kavon Stewart with three seconds left helped knock out LIU Brooklyn from the 2017 NEC Tournament Wednesday night. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn and Robert Morris have played many great games in their long rivalry as NEC foes. In recent history, names like Boyd, Olasewere, Brickman, Karvel Anderson, Lucky Jones and Velton Jones immediately comes to mind.

Wednesday night, inside a raucous Steinberg Wellness Center which stuffed in over 1400 fans to watch another great game to add to the long legacy of the Robert Morris-LIU Brooklyn rivalry, it was Robert Morris senior point guard Kavon Stewart who came up his the biggest shot of his career with three seconds remaining to upset LIU Brooklyn and advance to the NEC tournament semifinals with a 69-68 win for the Colonials. [Read more…]

Three Blackbirds garner NEC MBB honors; Frink selected 2017 NEC Player of the Year

Iverson Fleming, Jerome Frink and Jashaun Agosto, LIU Brooklyn's 2017 NEC Postseason awards honorees.

Iverson Fleming, Jerome Frink and Jashaun Agosto, LIU Brooklyn’s 2017 NEC Postseason awards honorees. (Photos: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It was an award-winning Tuesday for three LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball players as the Northeast Conference announced their annual postseason awards.

Freshman guard Jashaun Agosto, senior guard Iverson Fleming and redshirt senior forward Jerome Frink were all named to All-NEC teams while Fleming and Frink also were named for individual honors.

Jashaun Agosto was named to the All-NEC Rookie team after an outstanding first collegiate season which saw him start in all 30 games played this season. The freshman out of Seattle, Washington finished fifth among all NEC freshman in scoring at 11.1 points per game and third among NEC freshman and twelveth in the NEC overall in assists at 3.0 assists per game. Agosto shot nearly 41 percent from the field this season and 38.6 percent from three while going nearly 75 percent from the foul line. [Read more…]

2017 BHJ’s NEC Postseason Awards

It was another season of change in the Northeast Conference in 2016-17. Only one NEC first-team selection and six players from the three All-NEC teams returned back this season resulting in a new wave of talent getting their opportunity to shine.

After four hard-fought months of basketball and two months of battling each other for NEC supremacy, it is time once again to dish out our version of the NEC postseason awards and gives recognition to all those who had excellent seasons in 2016-17 for their teams.
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LIU Brooklyn closes out regular season winners of six straight, gets to 20 wins. Earns the two-seed in next week’s NEC Tournament.

The LIU Brooklyn mens basketball team poses for the camera after a thriller overtime win at Wagner Saturday for win #20 of the season. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

The LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team poses for the camera after a thriller overtime win at Wagner Saturday for their 20th win of the season. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn will enter next week’s NEC men’s basketball tournament as the hottest team in the conference as Blackbirds earned their toughest two-game road sweep of the season, winning at both Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner, thus entering the postseason on a six-game win streak.

LIU started the week two games behind Mount St. Mary’s for the top-seed and would need to win at one of the tougher road gyms in the conference if they wanted any shot at taking away that one-seed from the Mountaineers.

The Blackbirds fell behind by as much as ten right off the tip as Mount led 12-2 barely six minutes in. Sophomore guard Raul Frias would make a pair of threes on back-to-back LIU possessions to stymie the Mount momentum and steady the game for them. [Read more…]

A blowout and a nail biter featured in LIU Brooklyn latest 2-0 week going into final week of regular season

Iverson Fleming blocks away Charles Tucker last second attempt to preserve LIUs 83-82 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Iverson Fleming blocks away Charles Tucker last second attempt to preserve LIU Brooklyn’s 83-82 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

This week was the week before THE week.

Before LIU Brooklyn plays probably their two biggest games of the season in their final week of the regular season, they needed to get by this penultimate week which featured a less than usual buzz-worthy Battle of Brooklyn game at St. Francis Brooklyn and then a matchup of the two hottest teams in the NEC with the Blackbirds hosting Sacred Heart.

On Thursday, LIU Brooklyn took the short journey across Fulton Street to the Pope Physical Education Center at St. Francis Brooklyn to take on the last-place Terriers who have had a tough season as they begin their rebuilding efforts. [Read more…]