Blackbirds let lead slip away late, fall to Incarnate Word

If this would have been a 36-minute game, LIU would right now be looking at a 7-1 record. But college hoops is still a 40-minute game and the last four minutes for LIU spelled their demise as the Blackbirds fell at Incarnate Word Saturday afternoon, 90-79, and thus snapping their three-game win streak.

LIU lead for most of the first 36 minutes but the lead never got above eight and it never got above six in the second half as the two teams played a rather close and entertaining game.

After LIU took a two-point lead after a pair of Nura Zanna free throws with 4:47 remaining, the Cardinals would end the game outscoring the Blackbirds 22-8 and used a 17-4 run in a span of 3:09 to turn a close game into a bit of a laugher. [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 8 – Incarnate Word

Opponent Info

Opponent: Incarnate Word
Nickname: Cardinals
Conference: Southland
This season’s record: 2-3, Recent Game: Loss at Texas Tech
Head Coach: Ken Burmeister (11th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 288

Game Information

Location: McDermott Convocation Center
Time: 4:00 pm
Game Stream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/uiw/
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/incarnateword/mbball/

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LIU Brooklyn survives Hartford’s second half charge, goes to 6-1

A game that only be best described as the epitome of a tell of two halves game, LIU Brooklyn did just enough in the second half to hold on to win at Hartford Wednesday night, 75-68, after leading by 22 points at halftime.

LIU Brooklyn used probably one of their best halves of the season in the first half, taking advantage of opportunities given to them by the porous Hartford defense. LIU shot 53 precent from the floor in half number one and made seven of eleven three-pointers while holding the Hawks to just 26 percent shooting to build as high as a 23-point lead before taking a 22-point lead into the locker room at the break. [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 7 – Hartford

Opponent Info

Opponent: Hartford
Nickname: Hawks
Conference: America East
This season’s record: 1-6, Recent Game: Loss at North Texas
Head Coach: John Gallagher (7th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 331

Game Information

Location: Chase Family Arena
Time: 8:30 pm
Game Stream: americaeast.tv
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/hartford/mbball/

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Blackbirds win in overtime at UMass Lowell, off to best start in 34 years!

In a game that featured eight ties and eleven lead changes, it was LIU Brooklyn who was able to prevail in overtime as the Blackbirds defeated UMass Lowell, 82-78, and with the victory, start the season 5-1 which is their best six-game start to the season since starting 5-1 back in the 1982-83 season.

LIU Brooklyn really got their bigs involved especially in the second half and into overtime, getting huge games from their starting front court of Nura Zanna and Jerome Frink.

Zanna got his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting. Frink played his best game since the season opener and put the team on his broad shoulders. He finished with a season-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, just missing out on his third double-double of the season. Frink went 11 of 18 from the field including draining a pair of three-pointers.  [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 6 – UMass Lowell

Opponent Info

Opponent: UMass Lowell
Nickname: River Hawks
Conference: America East
Last season’s record: 11-18 (7-9 Patriot League)
This season’s record: 2-4, Recent Game: Win vs Mississippi Valley State
Head Coach: Pat Duquette (4th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 265

Game Information

Location: Costello Athletic Center
Time: 2:00 pm
Game Stream: ESPN3
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/lowell/mbball/

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Recapping LIU Brooklyn’s trip to the Steve Wright Classic

The LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team on Monday afternoon completed the three games in three days Steve Wright Classic event up at Boston University and for the Blackbirds, it was a rather successful trip as they went 2-1.

On Saturday, LIU defeated Northeastern, 78-74, as the Blackbirds came back from a 12-point second half deficit. They were led by freshman guard Jashaun Agosto who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Fellow freshman point guard Julian Batts scored a season-high 13 points and Jerome Frink (11 pts, 10 rebs) and Nura Zanna (10 pts, 10 rebs) both finished with double-doubles. The win gave LIU a 3-0 start which was the first time since the 1982-83, 1983-84 seasons in which the Blackbirds started out 3-0 in back-to-back seasons. [Read more…]