Jason Brickman picked up his 900th career assist as he led the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds to a 75-71 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday with a 14 point, 12 assist performance. He is just the 14th player in NCAA history to reach the 900 assist plateau.
This was a big win for the Blackbirds as they desperately needed it as they had dropped four of the previous five and had slipped to 1-4 in Northeast Conference play before this victory.
It was a nice victory for them too as Troy Joseph tied it at 22-22 on a layup with 3:52 left in the first half and took a one point lead when freshman Glenn Feidanga hit a free throw 38 seconds later to put the Blackbirds ahead for good. The Blackbirds led by five points going into halftime and led by as many as 12 points in the second half. Mount cut that lead to just three points with 5:06 to play, but the Blackbirds had an 8-2 run to build up a big enough lead to finish the game.
Feidanga led the Blackbirds with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Three other Blackbirds had at least 10 points including E.J. Reed (12), Landon Atterberry (10) and D.J. Griggs (10).
There are 10 games left in the season for LIU Brooklyn. This is a talented team so it’s certainly too early to count them out of the NEC even with a 2-4 record. However, they are going to need Brickman to average a double-double every single game and it would help if some injured players, like Gilbert Parga, finally found some consistent health. Otherwise their three title streak may be over this season.
The Blackbirds are back in action on Thursday when they host Wagner during a 7:00 p.m. game.