We overindulged ourselves at the Thanksgiving dinner table here at Overtime! and the tryptophan took its toll.
In fact we are all just now waking up from our slumber and, boy, did we miss a lot of action.
Below are some highlights from the past week in NEC athletics. Feel free to comment below and add your own highlights if you think we missed something. After all, we are still a bit groggy…
Danes’ Great Season Comes to Close – NEC champion UAlbany put forth a solid effort in the NCAA FCS playoffs before succumbing to Stony Brook. The Great Danes were knocking on the door for the game-winning score when all-NEC quarterback Dan Di Lella’s pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone with under 1:00 remaining. The turnover allowed Stony Brook to hang on for a 31-28 win, but it shouldn’t overshadow all the great things Di Lella and the Danes accomplished this season. Read more about the game.
VJ Starts Week off Right – Velton Jones torched CAA member James Madison for 38 points in what was the first of two wins for Robert Morris last week at the Philly Hoop Group Classic. Three days after topping JMU, Andy Toole’s Colonials posted a 51-44 win over Philadelphia-based LaSalle. Following non-conference wins over members of the CAA and Atlantic 10, RMU came up 10 points short against cross-town rival Pittsburgh (Big East). Read more about RMU.
Blackbirds Go Gobble, Gobble – Long Island women’s basketball defeated a pair of Atlantic 10 members to win the annual LIU Turkey Classic. First, Gail Striegler’s Blackbirds handed previously-unbeaten Charlotte a loss to set up a contest against LaSalle for the tournament title. Preseason all-NEC forward Ashley Palmer poured in 26 points to lead LIU past LaSalle and garner Tournament MVP honors. Read more.
Quinnipiac Conquers Concord Hilton Classic – Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats did more than their share in what was a phenomenal week for NEC women’s hoops teams. Eleven NEC teams combined to win 16 games with two of those victories coming courtesy of Quinnipiac in its trip to St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic. The Bobcats eked out a 64-62 win over Big Ten member Minnesota before topping host St. Mary’s in another two-point decision to claim the tournament crown. Guard Felicia Barron averaged 17.5 points per contest on the way to the Tournament MVP award. Read more.