Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14
In December, LIU Brooklyn lost its best player, Julian Boyd, to a season-ending knee injury. That could have been the end of the Blackbirds' two-year run as Northeast Conference champions. Instead of folding, the Blackbirds turned around a season filled with adversity by winning their last five games to win a record third consecutive league tournament title and earn a third straight automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. A season of incredible highs and lows finally came to a halt on Wednesday night when the Blackbirds started slowly, briefly took the lead and then wilted at the end to fall to James Madison 68-55 in the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena. ''In December when you lose Julian Boyd, who would have thought?'' coach Jack Perri asked. ''Nobody would have thought we'd have gotten to this point. Nobody talked about it. Nobody talked about us.'' They entered the conversation late in the season by scoring points - topping 90 in all four of their conference tour...
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