LIU Brooklyn keeps home win streak alive
Dec 19, 2012 | 12791 views | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior Brandon Thompson scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in a second half that saw the LIU Brooklyn men's basketball team (5-4) turn a five-point halftime lead into a convincing 75-48 win over Manhattan at the Wellness Center (WRAC) on Sunday afternoon.

The victory is the fifth straight for the Blackbirds and their 31st consecutive triumph at the WRAC spanning over two years.

Defense and rebounding were key to LIU's impressive victory, as the Blackbirds held Manhattan to 30.2 percent from the floor (26.9 percent in the second half) and outrebounded the Jaspers by a 50-25 margin.

After the break, Thompson began the half with his third three-pointer of the contest to give LIU an eight-point cushion just over a minute into the second stanza. Another three-pointer on the following offensive possession pushed the lead to nine, and kickstarted a 32-6 run over the next eleven minutes that blew the contest open.

Thompson closed the spurt by connecting on three straight trifectas in a span of 2:37 to put LIU Brooklyn on top 66-34 with 7:29 to play. From there, the Blackbirds cruised to their second consecutive 27-point victory and moved their record in the month of December to a perfect 4-0.

LIU Brooklyn was looking to make it six straight as it takes the short trip to Jersey City to take on Saint Peter's on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

Boyd out for the year

LIU Brooklyn senior men's basketball player Julian Boyd will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL in his right knee he sustained in the Blackbirds' win over Rice on Dec. 12.

LIU Brooklyn will apply for a medical redshirt for Boyd at the conclusion of the 2012-13 men's basketball season, as Boyd has appeared in fewer than 30 percent of LIU's scheduled games this season.

The reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Boyd was averaging 18.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per games through the team's first eight games. The 6-7 forward ranks 10th on LIU's all-time scoring list with 1,467 points.

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