The Barclays Center has also quickly become a major venue for college basketball, having hosted many games and tournaments in the past two plus years. Yesterday, for the third college basketball season in a row, Barclays was hosting its Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, a triple header of college basketball, featuring local and national teams. It also happened to be the third season in a row that my good friend Tony Terentieff, aka Tieff, and I attended a event. In the past, teams such as West Virginia, Michigan, Boston College, VCU and Kansas State among others, have played in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.
As a sea of red watched on, Tulane, which had won nine of its first eleven games, albeit their best win was over a struggling Mississippi State team, came out strong. Louis Dabney scored the first five Green Wave points and Tulane took a 9-6 lead.
Tulane called timeout to try to stop the bleeding. Briefly, it seemed to work, as Payton Henson hit a jumper to bring the Green Wave to within three, 14-11. However, that's as close as Tulane would get the rest of the way. That was due in large part to the aforementioned Red Storm defense.
The last twenty minutes of the game basically came down to whether Tulane could keep the losing margin under thirty points. Tulane managed to hold serve, scoring as many points as St John's did in the second half. The Green Wave may have found solace in that, but they still lost by twenty five, 82-57.
Dabney and Jonathan Stark were the only double figure scorers for Tulane, scoring twelve and fifteen points respectively on 11 of 26 shooting from the field. The rest of the Green Wave shot 11 of 32 from the field.
The start of this game somewhat mirrored the start of the first game. LIU Brooklyn came out the aggressor and took a 7-5 lead. After Dion Nesmith tied the game at seven, both teams went scoreless for the next three minutes. Finally, Moussa Kone would hit on a layup to put Hofstra in front to stay, 9-7. Gerrell Martin hit a three pointer to cut the Pride lead to one, 11-10, with a little under twelve minutes left in the half.
LIU Brooklyn showed more life than Tulane did after halftime, as the Blackbirds outscored the Pride 12-4 over the first three plus minutes of the second half. Martin Hermannsson, part of LIU Brooklyn's dynamic Iceland freshman duo, along with Elvar Fridriksson, assisted on two straight baskets. The second of which, a layup by Iverson Fleming, cut the Hofstra lead to twelve, 49-37.
From there, LIU Brooklyn would only get as close as fifteen, 70-55 with a little over six minutes left. From there, the dynamic duo of Tanksley and Green would seal the deal, as they led Hofstra on a 14-0 run, capped again by another assist by Green, this time on a three pointer by Bernardi to make the score 84-55.
But what Green is really known for is being an assist machine, as he averages nearly seven assists per game. When he fed Bernardi for the three, he had a triple double, 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first time in Hofstra program history that a player had a triple double in a game. When you think of all the Hofstra greats including Rich Laurel, Speedy Claxton, Loren Stokes, Antoine Agudio and Charles Jenkins, none of them ever had a triple double. Green is the first.
For LIU Brooklyn, Nura Zanna led the way with fourteen points and nine rebounds. Fleming added thirteen points off the bench and Joel Hernandez added another ten off the pine for the Blackbirds. LIU Brooklyn was held to thirty five percent shooting, including 7 of 24 from three point land.