Long Island beats St. Francis (NY) on game winner

C.J. Garner made a jumper as time expired to lift Long Island to

an 82-80 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday.

The Blackbirds (20-5, 12-2 Northeast Conference) have won five

in a row, beating St. Francis (11-14, 6-8) in a back-to-back

matchup. Long Island won 87-76 against St. Francis on Feb. 9.

Jamal Olasewere made two free throws to give the Blackbirds a

79-75 lead with 53 seconds left. St. Francis tied the game at

80-all after Akeem Bennett’s 3-pointer and Akeem Johnson’ free

throw with 8 seconds remaining.

But Garner answered with his game-winning score for Long

Island.

Julian Boyd led the Blackbirds with 19 points and eight

rebounds. David Hicks and Olasewere each had 14 points, while

Garner finished with 12 points and five assists.

Akeem Bennett scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for St.

Francis. Travis Nichols had 12 points and 11 rebounds.