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Three Blackbirds Register Double-Doubles as Men's Basketball Bounces Lafayette, 71-60
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Senior Julian Boyd led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while classmate Jamal Olasewere and junior Jason Brickman added double-doubles of their own to lead the LIU Brooklyn men's basketball team to its second straight win, a 71-60 triumph over Lafayette at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon.

Olasewere tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a career-high five steals, while Brickman had an outstanding floor game, registering 12 points and 10 assists against zero turnovers. The Blackbirds dominated the glass to the tune of a 40-27 advantage and also held the Leopards to 34.4 percent shooting in the second half to extend their WRAC winning streak to 29 games.

Both teams got off to hot starts at the offensive end, with LIU hitting four of its first six shots from the floor. Olasewere scored on an offensive putback to give the Blackbirds a 17-14 edge at the 13:03 mark before the LIU offense went cold.

LIU Brooklyn missed its next 10 shots from the field and committed four turnovers over a span of 7:18, and saw Lafayette build a nine-point cushion at 26-17 after a jumper from Dan Trist. Sophomore Gerrell Martin stopped the bleeding for the Blackbirds with a three-pointer, and converted a fast-break layup two minutes later to put the score at 28-22 with 3:33 to go in the period.

A layup from senior C.J. Garner and a free throw from Boyd pulled LIU to within 28-25 at the halftime break. LIU, who held Lafayette scoreless over the final 4:35 of the period, was led by Olasewere who had six points, seven rebounds and four steals in the opening half. Levi Giese led the Leopards with nine points in the period.

Brickman opened the scoring in the second half with a three-ball that knotted the contest, and kickstarted a 10-0 run that pushed LIU's lead to a then-high seven at 35-28. Lafayette kept the margin close over the ensuing five minutes, and a layup from Dan Trist sparked an 8-0 spurt that pushed the Leopards back on top 42-39 with 11:54 to go.

Another three-pointer from Brickman re-tied the contest at 42-42 and, after a free throw from Lafayette, a trifecta from senior Brandon Thompson gave LIU a 45-43 lead just past the halfway point of the period.

A pair of free throws from Seth Hinrichs briefly tied the contest at 45-all, but the Blackbirds would score 11 of the next 14 points to extend to a 56-48 lead with 3:44 to go. Boyd accounted for six straight in less than a minute during the decisive run, as the Blackbirds would lead by no fewer than seven points the rest of the way.

Garner was the fourth Blackbird to finish in double figures in scoring with 11 points, and added six rebounds and four assists. Trist led Lafayette with 15 points, while Giese closed with 14 in 22 minutes of action.

LIU Brooklyn will look for its third straight win on Saturday, Dec. 8 as it hosts Hofstra at the WRAC. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

NOTES: LIU shot 17-for-21 from the free-throw line (81.0 percent) three days after shooting a sub-par 20-for-36 from the charity stripe... Boyd moved past former teammate Kyle Johnson (2007-11) and into 11th place on LIU's all-time scoring list with 1,434 points. Olasewere inched his way closer to Albie Grant (1963-66) and is 17 points away from 15th place... The double-digit assist game for Brickman is his second this season (10 vs. Maryland) and the 13th in his career... The Blackbirds held Lafayette to 39.3 percent shooting for the game, a season-best defensive effort against a team that shot 53.1 percent in the first matchup between the two teams.
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