Junior Jerome Frink had a game-high 16 points for LIU, who fell to 9-10 on the year and 3-5 in Northeast Conference play.
The Terriers, who outscored the Blackbirds 34-14 in the paint, shot 41.2 percent overall despite only making 2-of-20 from behind the arc. St. Francis Brooklyn also out-rebounded LIU by a 48-41 margin.
“I’m very proud of the guys for being very resilient and for hanging in there,” said Terriers’ head coach Glenn Braica. “It was an ugly game and it seemed like nothing was going right for a while. I thought our seniors really stepped up.”
Senior forward Chris Hooper was named the Lai-Lynch Most Valuable Player after scoring a team-high 15 points off the bench.
“I was really proud of my teammates for doing a great job when I was on the bench,” Hooper stated. “It’s nice when we can prove people wrong who think that I’m the only one who can score in the post.”
The Terriers have now won four straight against their biggest rivals.
“It’s always great to beat a rival like LIU Brooklyn, but I just hope we can use this to put a winning streak together so that we can begin to build some momentum,” said Fall.
LIU Brooklyn was scheduled to continue NEC play on Wednesday against Sacred Heart at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
St. Francis Brooklyn will travel to Wagner on Thursday at 9 p.m.