NEC News of the Day: What Came out of a Whirlwind Night of Hoops…

Heads had to be spinning on Thursday night.

With all that transpired over such a short time in NEC men’s basketball, how could the heads of John Templon aka Mr. NYbuckets and Ryan Peters aka Mr. Pioneer Pride have been stationary?

Ken Horton was busy dashing the Mount’s playoffs hopes by pouring in 39 points before NEC-TV audience. 

Then, there was Monmouth scurrying back from an 18-point deficit to upset St. Francis (NY). 

Oh, and Fairleigh Dickinson gave NEC regular season champion LIU Brooklyn a huge scare before the Blackbirds pulled away on the back of San Antone’s own Julian Boyd who put up 21 and 20.

Throughout the night, whether it was coming from Paul Dottino and Tim Capstraw on NEC-TV or Andrew Chiappazzi in the blog-o-sphere, there was the constant monitoring of who was leading their respective games and how that would affect NEC Tournament seeding.

Amidst all the scoreboard watching, spewing of playoff scenarios, and action-packed moments, there was one phenomenal finish that had everyone talking.

Sacred Heart appeared headed toward a solid home win over Robert Morris when freshman Phil Gaetano hit a pair of free throws to give the Pioneers a 53-52 lead with 4.6 ticks left. 

That’s when this happened…


Then came the explosion on Twitter…

@achiappazzi – Velton Jones’ 3-pointer at the buzzer pushes Robert Morris into 3rd place in #NEC with 55-53 win over Sacred Heart –

@reed_corey – Shout out to my boy @VeltonJones2 for being clutch tonight

@the_realT – S/O @VeltonJones2 Heard he held it down tonight. #GameWinner

@LarissaHouk – : Great job @VeltonJones2 winning the game tn #RMCMB

@pugfuhrman – RT if you think @VeltonJones2 aka Pitbull should be NEC Player of the Year. #RMCMB #VJONES #VJONES #VJONES #VJONES #VJONES #VJONES #VJONES


Right Time, Right Place
Central Connecticut’s Ken Horton picked the perfect night to go off for a career-high 39 points.  Overtime! Blog has confirmed that NBA scout Larry Harris was taking in last night’s game sitting courtside in New Britain.  With his Golden State Warriors’ pad-folio in hand, Harris was seen filling up at least two pages of notes on the reigning NEC Player of the Year.  Harris just isn’t just your average NBA scout, either.  The son of well-traveled coach Del Harris served a stint as General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.  Obviously, no one was inside of Harris’ head last night, nor does anyone know just how much interest the Warriors have in Horton, but at the very least, Harris had to be impressed.


Green Comes Back to Hackensack
Fairleigh Dickinson honored its former head coach Tom Green for his recent selection into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame.  Here’s what the 400-plus game winner had to say…


How the Seeding Sorts Out
LIU Brooklyn locked up the top seed in the upcoming NEC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday night. 

Wagner is assured of the No. 2 seed, while a third New York City team, St. Francis (NY), is in  battle with Robert Morris for the No. 3 slot.

All four of the aforementioned teams will host quarterfinal home games when the Tournament tips off on Thursday, March 1.

Sacred Heart is locked in at No. 8. And 4, 5, and 6 will go to Central Connecticut, Quinnipiac, and Monmouth, but not necessarily in that order. 

NEC resident men’s hoops guru Ron Ratner has laid out all the situations for those wondering.

NEC Tiebreaker/Seeding Scenarios

And, apparently, NortheastConference.TV play-by-play man Craig D’Amico took a stab at it too.

@CraigCD13 Handy dandy, color coded chart for all of the 2012 @NECSports #NECMBB playoff possibilities 


Only three conferences boast three 22+ win teams. #NECMBB is one of them (Big 12, CAA). Wagner leads with 24, LIU & RMU with 22. #BannerYear

Taste of Spring on Twitter
NEC spring sports are in action! (Believe it or not!)

@WagnerAthletics – BB: Tonight’s @WagBaseball game to be broadcast on FCS Pacific … FCS schedule: channel finder: 

@Scott_Stump – Monmouth U jr. RHP and top prospect Pat Light (CBA) getting some love from Baseball America –

@ruhlet13 – Goodbye emmitsburg hello jacksonville #starttheseason #yolo

@MUHawksbaseball – Team practice at UVA! 

– Feb. 24, 2012 – 


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