Jason Brickman has always been known as a prolific passer while at LIU Brooklyn, but on Thursday he led the Blackbirds with a 21 point, six assist performance that left him as the Northeast Conference’s all-time career assist leader with 808. That breaks Marist’s Drafton Davis‘ record of 805 assists that he set back in 1988.
It was Brickman’s third assist of the night, a dime to Troy Joseph with 13:39 in left that put the Blackbirds up 53-38, that broke the record.
So close to the record it was a good bet that Brickman would break it Thursday night, but it wasn’t easy as he was held to just one assist in the first half. He had a monster second half though, with 15 points and five assists, to easily take down the record that has stood for 25 years.
The win was the first road win of the season for the Blackbirds, who improved to 3-6 on the season. They are three-time defending NEC champions, but have a tough task to four-peat as the 2013 NEC Player of the Year, Jamal Olasewere, graduated and the 2012 NEC Player of the Year, Julian Boyd, is out until at least January as he recovers from his second torn ACL. So it’s up to Brickman to lead a young and inexperienced squad.
Brickman is averaging 9.8 assists per game so far this year and with 20 games remaining he projects to add 197 more assists. That would give him a career total of 1,005. The NCAA’s all-time assists leader is Bobby Hurley, who had 1,076 with Duke from 1989-93.