Anyone who thinks last year’s LIU-Robert Morris game was the first fierce championship battle between these two programs is sadly mistaken.
The first came well before the advent of the internet and the wealth of college hoops information that is so readily available because of it. It was even before the launch of ESPN and its Championship Week.
The two sides who will meet in the 2012 NEC Championship Game set the standard back in 1982.
Long before they gave us the classic that was the 2011 title tilt, LIU Brooklyn and Robert Morris met in the conference’s inaugural championship bout. The game came down to the final possession, a buzzer-beating shot that tipped off 30-plus years of NEC postseason memories.
Read about the 1982 ECAC Metro Championship Game here or via the PDF below.
With the hope that tonight’s game will go down as one of those memorable nights, like the one that unfolded in the LIU’s old Schwartz Center aka the Brooklyn Paramount back in 1982 or in the same one-of-a-kind venue 15 years later in 1997, Overtime! revisits some of the great championship game stories in NEC history.
Below are two of Overtime!’s favorite NEC Championship Game moments that will never get old…
LIU and NCAA scoring champion Charles Jones top Monmouth
Darrick Suber sinks what will forever be known as “The Shot”
Two years, ago the NEC’s Ralph Ventre caught up with Suber as well as others involved in that classic 1993 NEC Championship Game. Here’s another account of the story 17 years after it happened. (Click here for HTML version)