FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Joel Hernandez turned a 3-point play and drilled a 3-pointer back-to-back to spark LIU Brooklyn to a 69-60 win over Sacred Heart in a Northeast Conference game Thursday night.

Alex Watson hit a pair of free throws to pull the Pioneers within two, 56-54 with 7:14 left, but Hernandez hit a jumper, drew the foul and added the free throw to make it 59-54, then hit from long range to make it an eight-point lead the Blackbirds extended to double digits down the stretch.

LIU Brooklyn is in sixth place in conference, one game back of a four-team logjam for second.

Hernandez was 9 of 11 from the line, scored 30 points total and grabbed six boards for LIU Brooklyn (11-13, 6-5). Jashaun Agosto added 15 points and dished four assists and Raiquan Clark contributed 12 points.

Watson finished with 15 points to lead Sacred Heart (7-17, 2-9), with Sean Hoehn adding 11 points and Joseph Lopez pulling down 11 boards.