City Sports Report

‘Frustrating’ loss to Bryant spoils NEC opener for LIU Brooklyn

Gerrell Martin

LIU Brooklyn couldn’t hold off a second half rally by Bryant, losing to the Bulldogs at home, 67-63, in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.

In the first half, LIU Brooklyn set the tone defensively, limiting Bryant to just 28 percent from the field. The Bulldogs couldn’t get going from three-point land either, shooting 1-11 from long distance. However, the lights went on for Bryant after halftime, specifically the team’s leading scorer this season, Dyami Starks. LIU Brooklyn had no answer for Starks, he scored 19 of his team-high 25 points in the second half. Starks put on an offensive clinic, draining three pointers and mid-range jumpers with ease, despite some of those shots strongly defended by the Blackbirds. The senior guard led the rallying Bulldogs from being down ten early in the second half to eventually being up seven with less than two minutes to play.

LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri was called for a technical foul after arguing with the referees over a loose ball foul called on Nura Zanna. The called foul came moments after what appeared to be a foul against Zanna went uncalled. This didn’t sit well with Perri, he admitted after the game he lost his composure.

“I’m a dope for getting a ‘T’. I preach poise and I did not do that myself. So I was disappointed in myself.”

That sequence led to 3 more points for Bryant, putting the game out of reach for LIU Brooklyn.

“Very frustrating. We didn’t play well enough to win certainly in the second half. We made too many mistakes defensively.” said Perri after the game. “A team that struggles scoring like them to have them score 45 points in the second half. I was disappointed we couldn’t sustain what we started.”

It wasn’t the start to league play LIU Brooklyn was looking for, however they’ll have to quickly shake it off to be ready for their next game, at home against Fairleigh Dickinson.

Quick Points

Gerrell Martin did everything he could to will LIU Brooklyn to a victory. The senior guard, who was questionable to play after a head injury in the loss to Hofstra, was a bright spot for the Blackbirds. Martin scored a game-high 27 points, shooting 10-16 from the floor, including 4-8 from the three-point line. He was aggressive from the opening tip, putting the game’s first points on the board with a three pointer. It was, arguably, Martin’s best all-around performance of the season so far.

Outside of Martin, LIU Brooklyn couldn’t get anything going on offense against Bryant. Landon Atterberry went 1-13 from the field while Elvar Fridriksson managed only a 1-9 shooting night for only 2 pts.

Are the Blackbirds a running team on offense? Are they a team looking to establish the post game? This team needs to establish an identity on offense fast. Defensively, LIU Brooklyn was strong in the first half, however far too many times after halftime, Bryant found their way to the basket easily. An identity on offense and consistency on defense are imperative for LIU Brooklyn to focus on.

What’s Next

It wasn’t the start to league play LIU Brooklyn was looking for (0-1, NEC), however they’ll have to quickly shake it off to be ready for their next game, at home against Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0, NEC).

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