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LIU's Boyd granted sixth year of eligibility

LIU Brooklyn forward Julian Boyd has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, and will play for the Blackbirds next season.

Boyd, the NEC Player of the Year in 2012, played in just eight games this past year -- he tore the ACL in his right knee in a game against Rice on Dec. 12. He also missed the entire 2009-2010 season due to a heart condition.

As a junior, the 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward averaged 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He averaged 18.5 points in eight games this year.

LIU Brooklyn has been to the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons, and with Boyd back, the Blackbirds should be contenders in the Northeast Conference again next year.

Coach Jack Perri is losing seniors Jamal Olasewere (18.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and C.J. Garner (16.1 ppg), but point guard Jason Brickman -- who led the nation in assists, at 8.5 per game -- will be back as well.