Liu Dethrones Robert Morris NEC Champ Game


Liu dethrones Robert Morris NEC Champ Game.

Jamal Olasewere scored 7 of his 31 points in overtime and Long Island University won its first NCAA tournament bid in 14 years with a 85-82 victory in overtime against two-time defending champion Robert Morris in Northeast Conference title Wednesday night's game.

Jason Brickman made two free throws with 7 seconds left to give top-seeded LIU (27-5) a 85-82 lead. Russell Johnson, who made a 3-pointer with 16.8 went to the Colonials (18-14) to send the game to OT, missed a 3 Linking with the clock at the end.

But the rebound has run out of range of 0.6 to the left and third-seeded Robert Morris had a second chance. Johnson catch-and-shoot 3 at the buzzer of the wing hit the front rim and within seconds Robins fans sprinted to the courtyard to celebrate the first NEC school championship since 1997.

Standing alone before a crowd of about 1,300 to Beauty, Sports and Recreation Centre, within walking distance of the work that eventually will become the home scene and fillets in the famous corner of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, LIU obtained fourth try of the NCAA in school history.

Johnson led the RMU with 22 points, and the slow-Jones had 15 of his 20 years in the second half.

When three small clutch Johnson 10-2 run to tie it 74 Robert Morris, Liu CJ Garner was a very large rider has a buzzer and the game went into overtime.

Brickman and Garner, 5-foot-10 guard blackbirds fuel fast attack, each 15 points scored.

Long Island came in ranked No. 6 in the country in scoring, eager to push the pace against a team of Robert Morris, who uses a style much more voluntary.

Field of Blackbirds was a time they are looking for in the first half, but shot only 34 percent.

Johnson, three points 3 and 11 helped Robert Morris to take the lead 33-32 at halftime.

Olasewere scored 17 points in the middle, like the rest of Blackbirds was 7 of 25 from the floor.

Behind Brickman and Garner, LIU led out the door to start the second half. Brickman scored three to create the Blackbirds 50-41.

Robert Morris himself behind the game stabilized Lijah Thompson, but Liu continued to push the pace behind his quick guards and the best defensive team in the league in scoring was difficult to follow.

Thompson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Julian Boyd slam off an alley-oop to 72-64 with 2:28 Garner is, and blackbirds could hardly contain their smiles, the detection of a trip to the NCAA only a few stops.

But Robert Morris showed the fluidity and regulation ended the championship with a 10-2 run, capped by Johnson 3 wing momentarily deflated the home crowd.

The settlers have sought to become the first team to win three consecutive NEC tournament.