Men’s Basketball Falls in Battle of Brooklyn, 83-76

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The LIU Brooklyn men's basketball team fell to St. Francis Brooklyn Thursday night, in the 44thAnnual Battle of Brooklyn at the Pope PE Center, 83-76. The Blackbirds, who were led by 22 points from sophomore Ty Flowers, move to 11-14 overall and 5-8 in the Northeast Conference with the loss. LIU started the game on a strong note, using a three pointer from Julius van Sauers to go up 5-2 in the early minutes. From there, the Blackbirds were able to widen the lead in part because of back-to-back threes by Ty Flowers, which would widen the lead to 13-8 at 16:16. Sophomore Eral Penn then had a big series of plays for the Blackbirds, making a huge block on defense, and following that up with a dunk on offense that kept LIU up, 18-12. But the Terriers kept coming, and eventually tied the game up with a three pointer, 23-23 with 8:26 to play in the first half. LIU would keep the edge, but eventually, a three pointer at 1:43 gave the home team its first lead of the day, 34-33. St. Francis Brooklyn would hold on to the lead from there, using a 10-3 run to end the half with a 37-33 lead over the Blackbirds heading into the break. LIU would come out in the second half, and see layups from Julian Batts and Jashaun Agosto to start the period, as the Blackbirds rallied to tie it back up, 37-37 at the 18 minute mark. But the home team would score five straight points to take the lead back, and he