The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds had a 10-point lead at halftime, but they gave up 55 points in the second half as Bryant came back to beat them 87-79 at the Chace Atlantic Center on Thursday.
The Blackbirds built up their first half lead behind 10 points from Landon Atterberry. Jason Brickman also had seven points and five assists and Gerrell Martin had eight thanks to a pair of early threes. The Blackbirds also outshot Bryant 48.6 percent to 41.4 and played them well on the glass as both teams grabbed 20 rebounds.
Things changed quickly in the second half. Bryant found the hot hand as it shot 56.3 percent and the Blackbirds turned the ball over seven times. They still had a nine-point lead with 15:42 left, but three threes sparked an 11-0 run that gave Bryant a two-point lead. From that point on, LIU Brooklyn slowly faded away and trailed by as much as 12 before they lost by eight.
Alex Francis and Dyami Starks each had 15, and Bryant and Corey Maynard had 10 with five assists and four rebounds during Bryant’s second half comeback.
Atterberry finished with 18 points, Martin had 17 and Brickman had 15 points and 13 assists. Glenn Feidanga had eight with 10 rebounds.