Long Island University/Brooklyn Blackbirds
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LIU/BROOKLYN BLACKBIRDS - The Old Gang Did It Again. C.J. Garner Scores A Game High Thirty-One Points; Jamal Olasewere Leads All Players In Rebounding; Jason Brickman Leads Everyone In Assists.
Blackbirds Win Third Consecutive NEC Title
Heading Back To The NCAA Tournament
With 1:46 left in the second half, NEC Player of the Year, senior, Jamal Olasewere, punctuated Tuesday night's title game at the Wellness Center with a thunderous reverse dunk that put the Blackbirds ahead 86-67 over Mount St. Mary's. The ignited crowd stayed on their feet from then on. As time expired, the WRAC turned to revelry. The Hoops of Flatbush became three time repeat champions of the Northeast Conference.
Head Coach Jack Perri wins the NEC title in his first season at the helm. The way back to the title game was not a road easily travelled. The Blackbirds had quite a bit of adversity to overcome. However, LIU's overwhelming experience prevailed. Minus injured senior Julian Boyd, LIU's starting line-up stepped onto their home court replete with four returning champion players from last season. Some congratulations should perhaps be sent former coach Jim Ferry's way for the program he built, and left behind. This third championship is a testament to superior effort he put into the university.
Against the Mountaineers, the Blackbirds were led by senior guard, C.J. Garner. He led all scorers with thirty-one points with a stellar 13/17 shooting performance from the floor. Jamal Olasewere was second high for the Blackbirds with fifteen points. He led all players with ten rebounds; nine came on the defensive end. And junior, Jason Brickman; the nations leading ball distributor; led all players with eight assists. Also returning from last season, Kenny Onyechi added eleven points, and seven boards. Back-up guard, Gerrell Martin contributed twelve points off the bench.
The Mountaineers actually had five players score in double digits. Guard, Sam Prescott, led The Mount with twenty-one points.
Brooklyn shot 61.4% from the floor on 35/57 shooting. Mount St. Mary's struggled to shoot 39.7% from the floor. Perhaps born of desperation, the Mountaineers hoisted up thirty-one three-point attempts, only converting on nine for a 29% mark. Brooklyn only put up nine shots from behind the arch, converting on five. LIU nearly doubled Mount St. Mary's efforts at the foul line. Brooklyn took twenty-one shots from the stripe, making sixteen for a 76% mark. The Mountaineers, spending most of their time behind the three point line, didn't drive the lane much, and as a result, only took eleven shots from the free throw line. Brooklyn also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Mount St. Mary's by a 36-27 margin.
Next - Selection Sunday; March 17th.