LIU Brooklyn beats St. Francis (Brooklyn) 73-50

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Hernandez scored 26 points as No. 4 seed LIU Brooklyn rolled to a 73-50 victory over fifth-seeded St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Wednesday night in a Northeast Conference quarterfinal.

LIU Brooklyn (16-16) will host a semifinal matchup Saturday against No. 6 seed Fairleigh Dickinson, which beat St. Francis (Pennsylvania) 84-75.

Hernandez was 9 of 17 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Jashaun Agosto added 12 points and Raiquan Clark 10 for the Blackbirds.

Rasheem Dunn scored 10 points for St. Francis (13-18), which shot just 28 percent (16 of 58) from the field and 19 percent (4 of 21) from long range.

The Blackbirds built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and led the rest of the way. St. Francis pulled to 43-36, but Hernandez scored 12 points and capped a 17-4 run with back-to-back 3-pointers and LIU Brooklyn had a 20-point lead with 5:23 left.

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