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LIU Brooklyn searching for answers

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The early-season struggles for LIU Brooklyn continued this week, as the Blackbirds fell to 0-5 after losing their home opener to New Hampshire on Wednesday, 72-56.

How bad is it right now for the Blackbirds? At 0-5, it’s their worst start to a season since the 2001-2002 season.  By the time they won a game that year they were already 0-16.

It’s still early enough in the season to not entertain those type of thoughts, however Wednesday’s loss to New Hampshire revealed more than enough reason to be concerned about the Blackbirds.

The difference in the ballgame was three-point shooting.  New Hampshire hit 12 of 26 from three-point range, connecting on 46.2%. By contrast, LIU was ice cold from the field, shooting 32% from the field and 23% from three-point range. The Blackbirds failed to break 60 points for the fourth time in five games this season. To say they’re struggling on offense would be an understatement of epic proportions.

Head coach Jack Perri:

“We got to figure out the offensive end. We aren’t going to win any game in the 50’s … this is what we’ve been for five games. I still think it is our shot selection. We go over it every single time. It is still me trying to figure out who to play and who not to play with all these young guys. I still think our shot selection needs to improve greatly.”

LIU Brooklyn is indeed a young team, however the lack of production this season from the upper classmen has been alarming. Seniors Gerrell Martin and Landon Atterberry shot a combined 0-12 from the field against New Hampshire. The Blackbirds have promising young players, specifically the freshman duo from Iceland, guards Elvar Friðriksson and Martin Hermannsson. However, they’ll need improved play and leadership from it’s seniors if they’re to turn things around.

Quick Points:

The Blackbirds were careless with the basketball against the Wildcats, turning it over 14 times leading to 18 points for New Hampshire.

LIU Brooklyn forward Nura Zanna looked impressive in the first half before getting into foul trouble. The freshman finished with 9 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. He’s a double-double waiting to happen.

The play-making skills of Fridriksson and Hermannsson are legit. This pair from Iceland are going to be fun to watch with the Blackbirds.

What’s Next:

LIU Brooklyn will look for their first win of the season, while also hoping to erase the taste of losing their home opener. They face Lehigh December 6th at Steinberg Wellness Center in Downtown, Brooklyn. Tip-off is 2pm.

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