NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Jamal Olasewere scored 25 points with 14 rebounds as LIU Brooklyn pulled away from Central Connecticut State 81-75 Thursday night in Northeast Conference action.
Olasewere had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to secure his eighth double-double of the season.
Coming off a 60-57 loss to Robert Morris that snapped their six-game winning streak, the Blackbirds (12-11, 7-4), scored the first eight points. After CCSU pulled ahead 15-13, the game stayed close and LIU Brooklyn led 32-30 at halftime.
Tied at 51 with 12:38 left, the Blackbirds surged ahead on an 11-3 run.
Matt Hunter had 25 points and 11 boards and conference scoring leader Kyle Vinales (21.6 points per game) contributed 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting for CCSU (10-12, 6-5), whose three-game winning streak ended.
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As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.