Tuesday, January 01, 2019

LIU/Blackbirds: Flatbush Hoops Prevail Over Bronx Ballers

From the desk of:  THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH


LIU/Brooklyn Blackbirds: Flatbush Closes Out Non-Conference Schedule With Victory Over Boogie Down Bronx.

Led by Raiquan Clark's second-half effort, the visiting Blackbirds overcome a 12-point deficit en route to victory over the Fordham Rams.

LIU/Brooklyn   60
Fordham          57

Bronx builds a ten-point lead by halftime, and goes up 47-35 with 15:23 left to play.  That's when Brooklyn's big man on campus takes over.  Raiquan Clark's three-pointer at 12:33 brings the Blackbirds within seven, and his layup at 3:06 cuts their deficit to just one.  Clark then converts a pair of free-throws at the 1:07 mark, giving LIU their first lead since scoring on their opening possession.  With only 0:04 showing on the clock, Raiquan again drains two more free-throws giving Brooklyn their largest lead of the game, and a final three-point margin of victory.  Raiquan Clark would score 19 of his game high 23-points in the second half. 

Brooklyn also converts 14 of 16 free-throw over the final fifteen minutes of play.  For the game, they outscore Fordham 22-10 from the line.  The Blackbirds also dominate the boards, nearly doubling (45-27) Fordham's effort.  Tyrn Flowers adds a double-double with 13-points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

This concludes LIU's non-conference schedule.  They finish with a 6-6 record, and 2-2 mark at home.  Next stop is Fairfield, Connecticut, where this coming Thursday the Blackbirds open their Northeast Conference schedule against the Sacred Heart Pioneers.

Sacred Heart enters their NEC schedule with a 4-9 record, good for eighth place in the ten school circuit.  LIU is in second place, behind (8-5) St. Francis/Brooklyn.  The Pioneers are presently losers of four in a row which includes games against Seton Hall and St. John's University.

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