Blackbirds can’t comeback in loss to Wagner

E.J. Reed had 18 points, but it wasn't enough to beat Wagner on Thursday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

E.J. Reed had 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Wagner on Thursday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds couldn’t take advantage of some early momentum and ended up trailing for the entire second half in a 75-68 loss to Wagner in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night. It’s the second time this month that they have lost to Wagner as they fall to 7-13 overall and 2-5 in the Northeast Conference.

The Blackbirds had an early lead when Troy Joseph hit a three and E.J. Reed hit a layup to open the game, but it only took two minutes for Wagner to gain momentum. They then held a 27-26 lead late in the first half, but that disappeared even quicker as the Blackbirds then trailed for the rest of the game.

Wagner took a five-point lead into the second half and led by as much as 13 when Jay Harris hit a three with 3:43 left in the game. LIU Brooklyn did manage to cut that lead to five when Joseph hit a three with 19 seconds left, but Harris hit a pair of free throws to go up seven and when Landon Atterberry missed a three the game was over.

Reed led the Blackbirds with 18 points and four rebounds. Jason Brickman had 13 assists, but just five points. Joseph had 12 points and seven rebounds and Gerrell Martin had 11 points.

The Blackbirds were only out-rebounded 37-33 and they grabbed 13 offensive boards. That only translated to 10 second chance points though. They did manage to shoot 52.6 percent from behind the arc, but free throws hurt them, they were 12-for-20, and they committed 15 turnovers.

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