The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds lost 65-56 to Robert Morris at the Wellness Center in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night on the same night when point guard Jason Brickman passed NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton for 11th place on the NCAA’s career assist list.
Brickman finished with eight points and 11 assists. It was the fifth consecutive game that Brickman had at least 10 assists. He now has 222 on the season and 941 during his career. With seven games left this season, he is on pace to finish with 1,011 assists in his career which would put fourth all-time behind Bobby Hurley, Chris Corchiani and Ed Cota.
Unfortunately, all of that didn’t help the Blackbirds win as they struggled offensively and ended up losing by nine points. Brickman finished with just eight points, E.J. Reed led the team with 14 points and eight rebounds and Troy Joseph had 11 points.
It didn’t help that Robert Morris jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game. They did manage to quickly retake the lead with their own 14-0 run. The two teams were tied at 24-24 with 59 seconds in the first half when Charles Oliver hit a free throw and Lucky Jones hit a jumper to go up by three.
Robert Morris controlled the second half though as they established a 14-point lead with 11:58 left to play. From that point the teams went back and forth and LIU Brooklyn never got closer than seven points within the lead. Glenn Feidanga and Iverson Fleming each scored seven points in the second half and Reed scored 11, but Brickman and Landon Atterberry were shutout.
The Blackbirds, who are now on a three-game losing streak, fall to 7-15 overall and 2-7 in Northeast Conference play. They haven’t been technically eliminated from the playoffs, but they are running out of time. Their next matchup will take place on Saturday against St. Francis University at the Wellness Center.