The 31st NEC Men’s Basketball Championship tipped off Thursday night, and the top three seeds managed wins on their home court.
Yes, that’s right, HOME COURT! Every NEC Tournament is played at the home facility of the higher-seeded team as opposed to a neutral site arena that lacks the intimacy of the NEC’s unique venues.
St. Francis (NY) was the lone team to suffer a home defeat as No. 5 seed Quinnipiac and all-NEC guard James Johnson, who has been red-hot of late, downed the Terriers, 80-72.
The other two NYC-based NEC members, who happen to hold the top two seeds in the Tournament, survived and advanced onto Sunday’s semifinal. Defending NEC champion LIU Brooklyn bested No. 8 seed Sacred Heart and its scoring sensation Shane Gibson. Wagner, which making its first postseason appearance under Dan Hurley, topped No. 7 seed Central Connecticut and its 6-foot-8 NBA prospect Ken Horton.
In the lone game not played within NYC’s five boroughs, No. 3 seed Robert Morris moved past a pesky Monmouth team led by first-year head coach King Rice.
Sunday’s Semifinal MBB Matchups
#3 Robert Morris at #2 Wagner, 12:00 pm on MSG, FCS and PCNC
#5 Quinnipiac at #1 Long Island, 6:00 pm on MSG, FCS
Overtime!’s Top Pre-Tournament Tweet
@NellyNel14 – This week is going by much more slowly waiting for Thursday & the #NECTournament to begin. I’m anxious & nervous to see LIU play. #NECmbb
As Nells found out on Thursday night in Downtown Brooklyn, it was worth the wait.
Overtime! Tournament Tweet of the Day (Mar. 1)
@Ds0589 – taking the fan bus out to Robert Morris to see the Hawks hopefully beat the Colonials
Any guy who takes a seven-hour bus trip to see his team play and then tweets about it is Top Tweet worthy if you ask us!
Overtime! Tournament Image of the Day (Mar. 1)
According to this pic that assistant coach Eric Eaton shared via Twitter, it looks as if Quinnipiac rode to its NEC quarterfinal round game in style!
@CoachEQU – New team bus just in time for the league tourney!!
… AND DON’T FORGET … The NEC Women’s Basketball Tournament opens on Saturday, March 3 with quarterfinal round play.
NEC Postseason Press Clippings
MU women’s hoops Game Day and My Prediction – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
Wagner College freshman Mario Moody making steady progress – Staten Island Advance (Tom Dowd)
Wagner College beats Central Connecticut, 87-77 – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
Long-range shooting sparks RMU in Northeast Conference Tournament – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Paul Schofield)
James Johnson leads Quinnipiac into NEC semifinals – New Haven Register (Bill Cloutier)
Sacred Heart falls to LIU Brooklyn in NEC tournament – Connecticut Post (Bill Paxton)
LIU Brooklyn into Northeast Semifinals – New York Post (Brian Lewis)
LIU Brooklyn takes care of Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference Tournament – NY Daily News (Sean Brennan)
Wagner Reaches Northeast Semfinal – New York Post (Howie Kussoy)
MU men’s hoops season ends – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
‘Monmouth Mob’ makes its voice heard – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
MU men’s hoops season POLL – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
LIU, Wagner headed for NEC showdown – New York Post (Howie Kussoy)
LIU’s Boyd named NEC Player of Year – New York Post (Howie Kussoy)
Mount St. Mary’s WBB previews its 21st trip to NEC Tournament…
– Mar. 2, 2012 –