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Long Island U. 81, St. Francis, Pa. 67

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- C.J. Garner scored 21 points, 17 in the second half, as Long Island University defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 81-67 in a Northeast Conference game on Saturday.

The sophomore guard scored the first nine points for the Blackbirds (5-2, 1-1) during a 12-2 run that gave them a 67-51 lead with 5:55 remaining.

The Red Flash (2-6, 0-2) never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

A layup by Garner capped a 9-0 run that gave Long Island an 18-11 first-half lead, and the Blackbirds led 37-25 at halftime.

Long Island led 53-40 at the 12:03 mark of the second half before a 9-2 St. Francis run cut it to 55-49.

Julian Boyd added 16 points for Long Island and Jamal Olasewere had 13 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season.

Umar Shannon scored 19 points for St. Francis, Chris Johnson had 16 points and Will Felder had 16 points and 15 rebounds.