From the desk of: THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH
LIU BLACKBIRDS: Back on Track and Heading Home.
After suffering their first Conference defeat of the season to Robert Morris, the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds bounced back with an overwhelming 97-76 win Saturday against the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash. They needed the win to stay a game ahead of a thinning second place pack as Wagner and St. Francis (NY) won their games and improved to 8-2 to keep pace. Robert Morris couldn't maintain the momentum they gained after defeating Brooklyn and in losing their last game, forged a new tie for third place with Central Connecticut State with 7-3 records
The HOOPS of FLATBUSH improved their NEC record to 9-1, and 15-7 overall. They still remain one game shy of the .500 mark on the road with a 6-7 record. But they're coming back home to the Wellness Center now where they still remain undefeated (7-0) this season. The first of two Downtown games will be Thursday against the last place Bryant Bulldogs. Then on February 4th, they have a big match-up against Central Connecticut State.
Five Blackbirds ended Saturday's game in double-digit scoring and Michael Culpo almost made it six players with nine points of his own. LIU nearly doubled St. Francis' effort on the glass, out-rebounding the Red Flash by a 45-24 margin. Thirty-two of LIU's forty-five rebounds came on the defensive end. However they turned the ball over nineteen times. Ultimately, Jamal Olasewere's efforts; nearly 60% team shooting from the field; and a game high twelve assists from Jason Brickman contributed to lead the Flatbush Five over St. Francis.
Jamal Olasewere posted a game high double-double; leading all players with twenty-six points and ten rebounds. Jason Brickman's twelve assists were also a game high and his personal career best. Julian Boyd (17); C.J. Garner (10) were the other two starters in double points. Off the bench, Brandon Thompson cleaned up with eleven points in twenty-three minutes. He shot 4-4 from the line and pulled down four rebounds. Kenny Onyechi made the most of his fourteen minutes, contributing twelve points and five rebounds. All together they combined to get the Blackbirds over the ninety point mark for third time this season.
Eight games remain in the regular season. And the big Battle for Brooklyn versus St. Francis (NY) still looms just over the horizon.