Blackbirds pick up big win over Fairleigh Dickinson

The Blackbirds picked up a big 18-point win on Monday as they have won two of their last three. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Blackbirds picked up a big 18-point win on Monday as they have won two of their last three. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds picked up their biggest win of the season when they beat Fairleigh Dickinson 86-64 at Stratis Arena on Monday thanks to big first half performances by Cleandra Roberts, Letava Whippy and Aleisha Myers.

Roberts finished with a game-high 28 points. Whippy pitched in with 16, Myers had 15 and Kelly Robinson also had a nice game with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal. The Blackbirds shot 51.9 percent as a group, won the battle on the glass 35-30, scored more points in the paint 44-34 and had a strong 32 points off of turnovers.

The turning point in this game occurred midway through the first half. With 10:06 left to play before halftime and FDU up by three points, the Blackbirds cut into the lead with a layup by Whippy and then took the lead on a Robinson fastbreak layup. That was just the start of an amazing 32-4 run that left FDU with only a small chance at a comeback.

Whippy, Roberts and Myers really turn up the tempo during that stretch, which was easily LIU Brooklyn’s best 10-minute stretch of the season. It left them with a 23-point lead at halftime. FDU got as close as 12 points in the second half, but the Blackbirds went on a 14-4 run to go back up by 22 and with only 3:05 left there was no coming back at that point.

That was the Blackbirds’ second Northeast Conference win this season as their overall record improved to 4-13 and 2-4 in conference games. They have a tough game coming up on Saturday against Robert Morris, who is currently tied for first place in the NEC.


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