Blackbirds pick up their first NEC win against Central Connecticut

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds picked up their first NEC win on Saturday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds picked up their first NEC win on Saturday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

It was a close game between two teams that were still looking for their first Northeast Conference win of the season, but the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds pulled out a 62-61 victory at Detrick Gym on Saturday when Gerrell Martin hit a layup to win it with 39 seconds left.

Neither team really had an advantage over the other during the course of the game. Central Connecticut grabbed an eight-point lead at one time, but the game was tied five different times in the first half. The second half was more of the same as the Blackbirds never led by more than seven and the two teams were tied with 1:49 left to play.

That was Martin who tied it, Malcolm McMillan gave Central Connecticut a one-point lead on a free throw with 1:12 left, but Martin came back with the layup in the paint to regain the lead. Central Connecticut missed a pair of three-pointers in the final 13 seconds as it missed an opportunity.

Jason Brickman led the Blackbirds with 14 points and six assists. He has now failed to register a double-double in five straight games after he did so in six of the previous 12 games before that. Martin had 13 and Troy Joseph and D.J. Griggs both had eight.

The Blackbirds were out shot 45.5 percent to 35.7, but they did well on the glass for once, including 13 offensive rebounds, and forced eight turnovers with a pair of blocks.

The Blackbirds improved to 6-11 overall and are now 1-3 in conference play. Their next game will be against Bryant out in Rhode Island on a game that will be televised on MSG+. After that they are back home in Brooklyn where they will host Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday.


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