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…]

Chris Wray’s buzzer-beater sinks LIU Brooklyn in NEC opener

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Chris Wray just got the game-winning layup up over the outstretch hand of Raiquan Clark to beat LIU 67-65 at the Steinberg Wellness Center in the NEC opener for both teams. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

In what was a tight and at times a chippy affair between Mount St. Mary’s and LIU Brooklyn at the Steinberg Wellness Center in the 2016-17 Northeast Conference opener, it came down to the final 4.2 seconds to determine a winner.

Mount St. Mary’s junior forward Chris Wray went coast-to-coast and put in a layup high off the glass and possibly off the fingertips of LIU’s Raiquan Clark to beat the Blackbirds on the road 67-65 in a heartbreaking fashion.

LIU Brooklyn couldn’t hold on to a nine-point halftime lead and that built up to eleven after a Nura Zanna dunk to start the second half scoring.  [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 14 – Mount St. Mary’s

Opponent Info

Mount St. Marys Mountaineers (2004 - Pres)Opponent: Mount St. Mary’s
Nickname: Mountaineers
Conference: NEC
This season’s record: 2-11, Recent Game: Loss at St. Bonaventure
Head Coach: Jamion Christian (5th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 253

Game Information

Location: Steinberg Wellness Center
Time: 4:30 pm
Online: NEC Front Row (PBP – Ray Martel, Color – Mike Kerr)
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/liubrooklyn/mbball/

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2016 NEC Basketball Media Day Notebook

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(Photo: Bob Dea – Blackbirds Hoops Journal)

This past Wednesday, the Northeast Conference conducted their annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day for the fifth consecutive season at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders and once again, all ten NEC men’s head basketball coaches were in attendance along a student-athlete representative from each team.

As is the case during the preseason, hope springs eternal and everyone seemed to be in very good spirits as we are just days away now from the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

I got the opportunity to speak to eight of the ten NEC men’s basketball coaches and players with the expectations of Bryant’s Tim O’Shea and Central Connecticut’s Donyell Marshall but I was able to watch NEC Front Row/ESPN3 production put on by the wonderful people at the Northeast Conference after the event and got to hear from all ten men’s basketball coaches and players. [Read more…]

2016-17 NEC First Look: Mount St. Mary’s

The Mount under fifth-year head coach Jamion Christian have never finished below a fifth-seed in the NEC standings under his guidance. Could they make it five years straight? (Photo: mountathletics.com)

The Mount under fifth-year head coach Jamion Christian have never finished below a fifth-seed in the NEC standings under his guidance. Could they make it five years straight? (Photo: mountathletics.com)

2015-16 results: 14-19, 10-8 (NEC), Fifth place in NEC.

Impact Losses:

BK Ashe (G) – 13.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, team’s leading scorer last season – transferred to Longwood
Gregory Graves (F) – 9.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG – graduated
Taylor Danaher (C) – 6.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 51.1% FG – graduated

Who’s In:

Randy Miller Jr. (G)
Miles Wilson (G)
Jonah Antonio (G)
Jack Vukelich (F)
Ryan Gomes (F) [Read more…]

2015-16 NEC Attendance Numbers

Last week, while I was vacationing in the (mostly) beautiful South Florida weather, the NCAA released their attendance figures for the 2015-16 men’s basketball season and all in all, it was a slightly improved season for the Northeast Conference.

The ten NEC schools increased their average home game attendance by 57 fans per game to 1,109 fans which is the first increase for the league in three seasons since the NEC reached their all-time high back in 2012-13 when they averaged 1,419 fans per game which was also the final season the NEC had twelve teams. [Read more…]

LIU grinds out a big win at home vs Mount St. Mary’s

LIU Brooklyn get a split of their four-game home stand with a win against Mount St. Mary's Thursday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn get a split of their four-game home stand with a win against Mount St. Mary’s Thursday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It definitely won’t be remembered as one of the prettier college basketball games played this season but for LIU Brooklyn, they will gladly take the end result. The Blackbirds used a strong second half and outlasted the terrible officiating to grind out a 77-74 win at the Steinberg Wellness Center Thursday night and split the season series against a Mount team which was picked as the preseason NEC favorites.

Unfortunately, what will be most remembered for this game was how terrible the officiating was. There were 52 (yes, that is correct) total fouls called in the game, 32 of those in the second half alone. There was also at least four separate trips to view the replay monitor. On two occasions, a double foul was called on a player on both teams on a play and Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian was hit with a technical foul after finally losing his cool with the officiating. [Read more…]