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…]

Blackbirds grinds out 63-58 win over St. Francis Brooklyn

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It may not have been “THE” Battle of Brooklyn but it was still a battle in which LIU prevailed against St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

No matter if it’s a Battle of Brooklyn game or the non-Battle of Brooklyn game, no matter the teams record going in, the games between LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn are almost always tough battles and on Saturday at the Steinberg Wellness Center, it was no exception.

The Blackbirds closed the game on a 13-4 run and erased a four-point deficit with over five minutes left to play to defeat St. Francis Brooklyn 63-58 in the first of two meetings between the two Brooklyn schools. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn did enough to get by CCSU to win their fourth straight

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LIU’s Jerome Frink knocking away CCSU’s Tyson Batiste shot attempt in their win Thursday night. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It sure wasn’t pretty but at the end of the day, any win is a good win and for LIU Brooklyn they made just enough plays on a night in which they didn’t play their best basketball in coming away with a 60-49 win over Central Connecticut State at the Steinberg Wellness Center Thursday night.

LIU was able to shake off a slow start in which they didn’t score their first point until four minutes had passed and didn’t get their first field goal until well over six minutes in.

The Blackbirds got going with an 8-0 run led by a pair of threes from sophomore Raul Frias but CCSU immediately answered with a 6-0 run of their own but LIU retook the lead for good following an Iverson Fleming three-pointer which put them up 14-11 with 6:43 left.  [Read more…]

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…]

2016-17 LIU Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Preview – Part 1 – Front Court

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Jerome Frink (L) and Nura Zanna (R) are back for one more go-around together in LIU’s front court in 2016-17. (Photo: Bob Dea/BHJ)

Last season, LIU Brooklyn finished with a winning overall record for the first time and a .500 record in the NEC since the 2012-13 season, Jack Perri’s first season as the Blackbirds’ head coach.

It has been a long, and at times, a painful rebuilding process for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball. Now comes the 2016-17 season and there is quite a bit of optimism surrounding this team heading in, much more so than there has been going into a season in the last few years.

With the Blackbirds coming off a NEC tournament semifinal run and with a mostly senior starting lineup returning for one more run, this is the season Blackbirds fan have been awaiting since the glorious three-year championship run ended back in 2013. [Read more…]

Blackbirds unveil new uniforms for upcoming season

I told you this offseason that LIU Brooklyn would be getting a new look in their uniforms to go along with their new court at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Well, those new Nike LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball uniforms made their debut during the team’s picture day this past Friday and through social media, we got to get a glance at the new threads the Blackbirds will be playing in this season. [Read more…]