It’s only one third of the way through, but the 2012 NEC Basketball Tournament is already one for the record books.
The Robert Morris women took their turn handing in an historic performance on Saturday night at the Sewall Center. On the strength of double-doubles by Josette Campbell, Mary Durojaye, and Artemis Spanou as well as 27 points from Bri Tye, the Colonials put up 92 points on Saint Francis (PA) in a 10-point quarterfinal round triumph.
The scoring total matched the 26-year NEC Tournament single-game high, which has been thrice reached over the years with Monmouth being the last to do so in 1994.
RMU’s women’s performance came on the same floor where two nights earlier Coron Williams buried an Tournament record eight three-pointers and the Colonials finished with a single-game high 16 triples.
Then, there was LIU Brooklyn point guard Jason Brickman. The soft-spoken guard accounted for 13 assists, the most in 31 years of NEC Men’s Tournament play, as the defending champion Blackbirds got by Sacred Heart and NEC scoring champ Shane Gibson.
It’s certainly been a memorable one thus far, but after glancing at Sunday’s semifinal matchups, one has to think the best is yet to come.
According to his Twitter page, LIU superfan NellyNel is stoked, Are YOU?
@ NellyNel14 – Big Day Today!! @necbbt Semifinals #NECGameday! I’m so pumped up right now. I can’t wait for these 2 games to tip-off! #YourTourneyYourHouse
Sunday Morning Pregame Tweets
What day is it again?
@L_booggie24 – #GameDay
@VeltonJones2 – Game day…
@CoachEQU -Today is the day…..
@giantswfan – #marchmadness For those out of NYC area, #NEC mens colbkb semis also nationally telecast on #FoxCollegeSportsAtlantic
@ giantswfan – #NCAA #marchmadness today: #robertmorris v #wagner (#hurley) noon, #quinnipiac v #LIU 6p NEC semis on @MSGNetworks (MSG)..I got noon PBP
@Pioneer_Pride – Before the #NECMBB semifinal starts at noon, read my in-depth semifinal preview for both games! @NECbbt http://bigredpioneerpride.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-depth-northeast-conference-semifinal.html?spref=tw
@achiappazzi – Game Day: Robert Morris is looking at 4th straight #NEC championship game, but Wagner stands in the way in the semis. http://ow.ly/9qWFP
@L_booggie24 – #RMCMB
@dhurley15 – Four really strong teams in our NEC Tournament Semi’s today. The best 4 teams in our league since the start of the season.
@NellyNel14 – Matchup to watch is Velton Jones, RMU best player vs Kenneth Ortiz, WAG PG & NEC DEF POY. Jones can play some D too. Will b fun to watch
@CoachEQU – NEC semis will be 2 great battles at noon & 6 on MSG…4 weel coach, talented and tough teams…..
It’s going to get rowdy in Brooklyn …
@NellyNel14 – Quinnipiac are busing fans down so @LIUBasketball students & fans, we gotta come out & be heard & let them know whose home court this is!!
@AMcDermott21 – A few hours of homework, then hitting the road for the #Quinnipiac – #LIU @necbbt semifinal game. LET’S GO BOBCATS! #SoExcited #BobcatNation
@CoachEQU – Heard Bobcat Nation is making its way down to Brooklyn today to support us…I know @AMcDermott21 & @RABJr3030 will be here…who else?
Still, it will be hard for the atmosphere to match this old scene from the Paramount…
Top Tweets from Saturday’s WBB action
@CraigCD13 – MLB has a Mr. October, how about Abby Martin for Miss March in the NEC…another big playoff effort w/11pts/8reb so far
@CoachWhitMSM – great job by our team today and this season. lots of growth. sad to season end, but excited about possibilities of the future.
Tournament Tweet of the Day (Mar. 3)
@AMcDermott21 – No sleep ’til Brooklyn! #Quinnipiac @ #LIU, tomorrow at 6pm for @necbbt semifinals. Televised on FCS & MSG #BobcatNation #QUBobcats #NECMBB
After rooting on the women’s team to a roaring victory on Saturday afternoon, the President McDermott of Bobcat Nation was already looking ahead to Sunday. Plus the Beastie Boys’ allusion put this tweet over the top.
Tournament Image of the Day (Mar. 3)
Like the Tweet of the Day, the top image comes from Quinnipiac. Nice job by Not My Cousin Vinny (@VTSimone)
NEC WBB Player of the Year Callan Taylor following SHU’s QF win…