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.