Battle of Brooklyn (basketball)
|Battle of Brooklyn|
|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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The rivalry between the Terriers and the Blackbirds dates back to the 1928 season, when they first played one another. 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. 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.
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..."
Men's game results
|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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