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…]

LIU Brooklyn takes winning streak to six, defeats Wagner 76-69

Wagner didnt have many answers for Jashaun Agosto who finished with game-high 19 points. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Wagner didn’t have many answers for Jashaun Agosto who finished with game-high 19 points. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn advanced their winning streak to six as the Blackbirds closed the game on a 9-2 run which included several big time plays from senior Jerome Frink and defeated Wagner Thursday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center 76-69 to move to 6-1 in NEC play and 13-7 overall.

The Blackbirds led for the first 37 minutes of this game and led by as much as twelve points late in the first half but Wagner, who entered the game 3-3 in the NEC and was tabbed to finish second in the preseason by the NEC coaches, wasn’t going to go away quietly.

Wagner got back in it, thanks mostly from a strong second half by senior forward Mike Aamen, who scored all 13 of his points in the final twenty minutes and his layup with 2:41 left tied the game at 67 before LIU would close the Seahawks out with their game-ending run.  [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 20 – Wagner

Opponent Info

Wagner Seahawks (2008 - Pres)Opponent: Wagner
Nickname: Seahawks
Conference: NEC
This season’s record: 7-9, 3-3 NEC Recent Game: Win vs Robert Morris
Head Coach: Bashir Mason (5th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 239

Game Information

Location: Steinberg Wellness Center
Time: 7:00 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…]

BHJ’s 2016-17 NEC Men’s Basketball Preview

When looking back at the 2015-16 Northeast Conference season, it had its usually fare of the predictable and unpredictable. Nothing displayed that more than the NEC championship final which pitted the one of the preseason favorites in Wagner against the team no one predicted would have even be in the NEC tournament much less in a NEC final in Fairleigh Dickinson. FDU went on to win the NEC title and showed why year after year, this conference can be so tough to get a true gauge on.

The 2016-17 NEC season will likely be more of the same. Several big names (Rodney Pryor, Cane Broome, BK Ashe, Martin Hermannsson) either transferred out of the NEC or decided to go pro leaving behind some big holes to fill for their teams and muddling up some expectations.

Yet, every season bring about new opportunities and new names and faces who will be thrusted into the spotlight and become major players and key figures to teams as the season goes along. [Read more…]

2016-17 NEC First Look: Wagner

Bashir Mason has yet to see his Wagner team break through the NEC tournament to a championship. Will 2016-17 be the season it happens? (Photo: silive.com)

Bashir Mason has yet to see his Wagner team break through the NEC tournament to a championship. Will 2016-17 be the season it happens? (Photo: silive.com)

2015-16 results: 23-11, 13-5 (NEC), first place.

Impact Losses:

Dwaun Anderson (G) – 9.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG last season – graduated
Aaren Edmead (G) – 4.9 PPG last season, 32 games played – transferred to North Carolina A&T
Japhet Kadji (F) – 27 games played, 4.4 PPG last season – transferred to North Carolina A&T

Who’s In:

Shack Scott (F) – JUCO transfer

Elijah Davis (G/F) – JUCO transfer

Conner Ferrell (G)

Jamar Brown (F)
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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…]