Battle of Brooklyn (basketball)

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Battle of Brooklyn
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St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Sport(s) Basketball
Total meetings 39
Series record Long Island leads, 23–16
First meeting February 25, 1976
St. Francis 83, Long Island 79
Last meeting February 16, 2014
Long Island 69, St. Francis 68
Next meeting January 31, 2015
Largest win Long Island 105–77 (February 16, 1996)
Longest win streak St. Francis, 5 (1999–2003)
Current win streak Long Island, 4 (2011–present)
Trophy Lai-Lynch MVP Trophy

The Battle of Brooklyn is an annual basketball game played between the basketball programs of Long Island University Broolyn and St. Francis College.[1] The tradition began in the 1975–76 season to honor William Lai and Daniel Lynch, the former Athletic Directors of Long Island and St. Francis, respectively.[2] The men's basketball programs have been competing since the inaugural year and the women's basketball programs have competed since the 1993–94 season.[3] Each year at the conclusion of the game the Most Valuable Player is awarded the Lai-Lynch Trophy.

The name of the annual match-up is in reference to the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brooklyn. Due to the location of the two campuses in the New York City borough of Brooklyn and their close proximity, less than 1 mile, the title of the game is apt.[4] Both the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds compete in the Division I Northeast Conference. Although the two schools regularly play twice each regular season, only one of the games, usually the last, is officially designated as a Battle of Brooklyn game. The host of the designated Battle of Brookly alternates annually and is held at campus sites. The Blackbirds host their games at the Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center and the Barclays Center and the Terriers host their home contests at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex. The 39th installment of the Battle of Brooklyn was held at the Barclays Center, the largest venue so far for the annual contest.[5]

History[edit]

The rivalry between the Terriers and the Blackbirds dates back to the 1928 season, when they first played one another.[4] The Battle of Brooklyn began in the 1975–76 season, predating when both teams joined the Northeast Conference in the 1981-82 season. After joining the NEC, St. Francis and Long Island would meet twice each season, yet only one game was dubbed the Battle of Brooklyn and it takes place during the NEC's Rivalry Week.

On February 22, 2003, the Terriers hosted the Blackbirds at The Pope and both teams set a NEC record for points in a game. The match-up went into double overtime and featured 282 points, with St. Francis winning 142 to 140.

The Blackbirds first game at the Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center was on January 26, 2006 against Sacred Heart. Yet the grand opening of the Wellness Center was for the Long Island vs. St. Francis men's basketball game on February 27, 2006.[6] The wait until the Battle of Brooklyn game for the grand opening of the WRAC is a testament to thr rivalry's importance to both Schools. The Blackbirds previously held their home games at the Schwartz Athletic Center.[7]

On February 6, 2010, the Blackbirds and Terriers went into triple overtime in the annual Battle of Brooklyn game. The Terriers were eventually able to beat the Blackbirds. After the game former LIU head coah Jim Ferry had this to say: "A 10-point lead in a Battle of Brooklyn game is never safe. I’ve been through this before, I think this is my third overtime game in this series..."[8]

Men's game results[edit]

The Battle of Brooklyn plaque listing the past winners since 1976

Long Island victories shaded ██ black.[9] St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.[10]

# Date Site Winner Score MVP Series
1 February 25, 1976 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 83–79 Jerome Williams (SFC) SFC 1–0
2 1976–77 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 114–92 Gerard Trapp (SFC) Tied 1–1
3 1977–78 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 64–61 John N. Bailer (LIU) LIU 2–1
4 1978–79 Neutral Location St. Francis 82–72 Manny Figueroa (SFC) Tied 2–2
5 December 3, 1979 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 91–69 Robet Cole (LIU) LIU 3–2
6 January 14, 1981 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 85–67 Rudy Johnson (LIU) LIU 4–2
7 January 18, 1982 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 98–82 Riley Clarida (LIU) LIU 5–2
8 January 5, 1983 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 81–72 Kevin Henry (SFC) LIU 5–3
9 February 4, 1984 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 88–81 Carey Scurry (LIU) LIU 6–3
10 December 7, 1984 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 68–63 Walter Jordan (LIU) LIU 7–3
11 January 4, 1986 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 76–66 Andre Evan (LIU) LIU 8–3
12 January 3, 1987 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 94–91 (OT) Darrwin Purdie (SFC) LIU 8–4
13 December 12, 1987 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 66–63 Glenn Daniels (LIU) LIU 9–4
14 February 20, 1989 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 79–77 (OT) Freddie Burton (LIU) LIU 10–4
15 January 6, 1990 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 74–63 John Arnold (SFC) LIU 10–5
16 February 9, 1991 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 117-115 (2OT) Brent McCollin (LIU) LIU 11–5
17 February 8, 1992 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 97–94 Lynn Smith (SFC) LIU 11–6
18 January 28, 1993 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 107–98 Lou Meyers (SFC) LIU 11–7
19 January 4, 1994 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 78–67 Bryan Willcox (SFC) LIU 11–8
20 January 5, 1995 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 74–61 Joe Griffin (LIU) LIU 12–8
21 February 16, 1996 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 105–77 Dave Masciate (LIU) LIU 13–8
22 January 25, 1997 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 68–64 Mike Campbell (LIU) LIU 14–8
23 February 18, 1998 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 86–71 Mike Campbell (LIU) LIU 15–8
24 January 11, 1999 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 74–68 Ray Mineland (SFC) LIU 15–9
25 January 19, 2000 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 66–63 Herberth Reyes (SFC) LIU 15–10
26 January 13, 2001 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 81–63 Steven Howard (SFC) LIU 15–11
27 February 25, 2002 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 108–94 (OT) Jason Morgan (SFC) LIU 15–12
28 February 22, 2003 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 142–140 (2OT) Cliff Strong (SFC) LIU 15–13
29 February 21, 2004 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 78–75 Brandon Thomas (LIU) LIU 16–13
30 February 10, 2005 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 77–68 Allan Sheppard (SFC) LIU 16–14
31 February 27, 2006 Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center Long Island 67–64 James Williams (LIU) LIU 17–14
32 February 11, 2007 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 82–79 (OT) James Williams (LIU) LIU 18–14
33 February 21, 2008 Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center St. Francis 67–64 Kayode Ayeni (SFC) LIU 18–15
34 February 28, 2009 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 66–54 Ron Manigault (LIU) LIU 19–15
35 February 6, 2010 Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center St. Francis 88–84 (3OT) Ricky Cadell (SFC) LIU 19–16
36 February 12, 2011 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 82–80 C. J. Garner (LIU) LIU 20–16
37 February 12, 2012 Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center Long Island 81–78 Jamal Olasewere (LIU) LIU 21–16
38 January 24, 2013 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 78–68 C. J. Garner (LIU) LIU 22–16
39 February 16, 2014 Barclays Center Long Island 69–68 Jason Brickman (LIU) LIU 23–16
40 January 31, 2015 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle of Brooklyn has a little extra on the line this week". usatoday.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010-11 Men's Basketball Media Guide". SFC Athletics. p. 39. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: 16TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF BROOKLYN TO BE PLAYED TODAY AT LIU AT 2:00 PM; TERRIERS VS. BLACKBIRDS". sfcathletics.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Rivalry's all good in the neighborhood". http://espn.go.com. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "LIU Brooklyn vs St. Francis Brooklyn". barclayscenter.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "2009-2010 Men's Basketball News and Notes". northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012-2013 LIU Men's Basketball Record Book". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "St. Francis (NY) Terriers". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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