LIU Brooklyn hands St. Francis two losses in one week
Feb 16, 2012 | 6512 views | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jamal Olasewere
Jamal Olasewere
Junior Jamal Olasewere netted a career-high 32 points without missing a shot from the field and classmate Julian Boyd hit what would be the winning shot with 18 seconds left as the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team dealt St. Francis a thrilling 81-78 defeat at the Wellness Center to secure the Battle of Brooklyn title for the second straight year.

Olasewere took home the Lai-Lynch trophy as the game’s most valuable player after going 11-for-11 from the floor.

In true Battle of Brooklyn fashion, the affair was a hairy one, with each team pulling ahead by at least seven points and the lead changing hands 12 times. Like so many contests before it in the series, the game came down to the final seconds, with Boyd’s dramatic shot securing the win this time.

The 22 straight wins at the Wellness Center tie the Blackbirds (19-7, 13-1) with Oral Roberts for the third-longest active home winning streak in the country. Only Kentucky (49 games) and Harvard (25) have won more games on their home courts.

The Blackbirds shot 57 percent from the floor and out-rebounded St. Francis by a 38-30 margin. Johnson led three Terriers in double figures with 23 points and added a game-high nine boards.

LIU improved to 21-16 in the all-time Battle of Brooklyn series.

The two teams met just days before at Madison Square Garden, where LIU Brooklyn saw a pair of players register double-doubles en route to grinding out an 86-77 victory.

In that contest, Olasewere amassed 21 points and 11 rebounds and Boyd added 17 points and 11 boards, as the Blackbirds used an early second-half spurt to pull away and hold off the Terriers down the stretch.
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