Jason Brickman earns 1,000th assist

NEW YORK -- LIU Brooklyn guard Jason Brickman recorded career assist No. 1,000 on Saturday, becoming only the fourth player in Division I history to accomplish that feat.

Brickman reached the milestone in the final game of his college career, with 8:33 remaining in the first half against Bryant, on a pass to Gerrell Martin for a 3-pointer.

Former Duke star Bobby Hurley is No. 1 on the all-time assists list, with 1,076. NC State's Chris Corchiani is second (1,038), and North Carolina's Ed Cota is third (1,030).

Brickman has led the nation in assists per game the past two seasons. Entering Saturday's game, he was averaging 9.9 -- two assists more than the next closest player, Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Smith.

LIU Brooklyn went to the NCAA tournament in each of Brickman's first three seasons. But the Blackbirds (9-19, 4-11 NEC) did not qualify for the eight-team Northeast Conference tournament this year.

On the bright side, that gave Brickman the chance to reach 1,000 in his very last game, at home on Senior Day, with his parents in the crowd and his younger brother Justin -- a freshman guard on Bryant -- in attendance as well.

LIU Brooklyn lost to Bryant, 81-62, but Brickman finished the game with 12 assists, giving him 1,009 for his career.

That also pushed Brickman's season average to 10.0 assists per game, making him only the second player in NCAA history to average double figures in points and assists in a single season, as he averaged 11.3 points per game.

Avery Johnson, the former NBA player and head coach, averaged 11.4 points and an NCAA-record 13.3 assists per game for Southern in the 1987-88 season.