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LIU Brooklyn loses reigning NEC Player of the Year Julian Boyd due to torn ACL

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The 2012-13 season was expected to be a special one for LIU Brooklyn as the Blackbirds welcomed back many of the players who played a role in the program winning consecutive NEC titles.

Even with Jim Ferry moving on to take over at Duquesne, the presences of players such as forwards Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere and guards Jason Brickman and C.J. Garner was seen as enough to make sure LIU remained in its perch atop the NEC.

However those hopes have taken a significant hit, as it was reported by Nelson Castillo of Blackbirds Hoops Journal that Boyd would miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. Boyd suffered the injury diving for a loose ball in LIU’s 97-70 win at Rice on Wednesday night.

This is the latest turn in a college career that began with Boyd earning NEC Rookie of the Year honors following the 2008-09 season, only to see his entire 2009-10 season end before it began due to a heart ailment. Boyd would bounce back to earn First Team All-NEC honors in the next two years, winning NEC Player of the Year last season.

2012-13 didn’t get off to the best start as Boyd was one of four players suspended for the Blackbirds’ first two conference games due to their involvement in an on-campus brawl, and LIU dropped their first four games before beginning their current four-game win streak.

In eight games Boyd averaged 18.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, and the hope is that he will be eligible to receive a medical hardship waiver. Per NCAA rules you cannot play in more than 30% of your team’s games in order to be eligible for a waiver, and with 30 games (not counting the NEC tournament or postseason play) on the Blackbirds’ schedule Boyd falls below that threshold.

With Boyd out of the lineup head coach Jack Perri will rely even more on Jamal Olasewere (19.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), who tallied 26 points and eight rebounds in the win at Rice. With Boyd done for the year and Kenny Onyechi just returning from a broken foot that sidelined him for the first six games, players such as E.J. Reed and Booker Hucks will be asked to do more as well.

Does Boyd’s injury rule out a third straight title for LIU? No, but it certainly makes the road to that crown much tougher to navigate.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.