The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds got a last second three-pointer from Gerrell Martin to beat Lamar University 82-79 after a close game at the Steinberg Wellness Center on Wednesday night. It was the second time the Blackbirds have played on campus this season and the second time Martin has won it at the buzzer.
“I’m disappointed with the defense, that’s something that we have to work on obviously,” Blackbird coach Jack Perri said. “We were fortunate enough to execute offensive and we got just enough stops in the second half. We made plays so obviously we were fortunate to come out with this win.”
E.J. Reed led the Blackbirds with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 2-of-4 behind the arc. Behind him, Landon Atterberry and Jason Brickman each had 17 points as Brick also had 12 dimes. The Blackbirds shot 42.4 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 41-31, but took advantage of turnovers as they forced 14 and turned that into 19 points.
LIU Brooklyn trailed Lamar University 42-34 at halftime, but it was the Brickman, Atterbury and Reed show in the second half as each of them got hot. Atterberry and Reed had 11 each in the second half, Brickman had seven and eight assists. Then Martin got hot down the stretch and finished with 10 second half points himself.
Lamar still led by two points with 7:11 left in the game when Troy Joseph hit a big three to put LIU ahead by one. The Blackbirds mostly controlled the game from that point on. Lamar did manage to tie it at 79-79 with five seconds left, but Brickman took the ball up court, quickly found a wide open Martin behind the arc and he knocked down the last shot with just one second left to win the game.
The Blackbirds will head to the Barclays Center after this as they will take on Temple University at 5:30 p.m. Expect the same eight players in that game as well as Perri said that he doesn’t expect to get any players back from injuries before then. He did leave open the possibility that Gilbert Parga could be back by then, but said it’s unlikely until after Christmas.