Sophomore E.J. Reed battled foul trouble throughout and played just 10 minutes, but scored 15 second-half points as the Blackbirds rounded out their non-conference season with a victory to improve to 5-8 on the year.
LIU’s defense was impressive down the stretch, holding the Bobcats to a 1-for-7 performance over the final three minutes and closed the game forcing Texas State into 38.1 percent shooting.
LIU Brooklyn opens Northeast Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 9 at borough rival St. Francis Brooklyn at 7 p.m.
In the game prior to the victory, an All-American performance by senior point guard Jason Brickman nearly helped an undermanned LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team to a road victory at Sam Houston State.
Brickman scored a career-high 26 points and dished out 13 assists, but the Blackbirds saw a second-half lead evaporate down the stretch in an 82-78 setback.
Brickman continued his milestone-reaching season, becoming the 33rd player in LIU Brooklyn history to score 1,000 points in a career, and with his 13 dimes moved past former NBA guard Pooh Richardson and Notre Dame guard Chris Thomas into 22nd place on the NCAA career assists list with 839.
The Blackbirds (4-8), who once again had just eight scholarship players available due to injury, led by as many as 10 points in the first half with Brickman running the show to near perfection.