#NECWBB: St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris Retain Top-Tier Academic Status


In the NCAA academic bracket, the Northeast Conference is home to a pair of No. 1 seeds for the second year in a row.

As was the case last summer, St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris own top-four national rankings on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Division I Team Honor Roll.

Combining for a 3.749 grade-point average, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers edged out NEC rival Robert Morris by one one-thousandth of a point for third place in the nation.

Robert Morris, which claimed national runner-up honors following the 2016-17 campaign, produced a 3.748 to take fourth overall.

Wisconsin Green Bay (3.753) topped the list once again with Western Illinois claiming second place.

The most-recent ranking continues a remarkable run of recognition for St. Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers have earned a spot in the Top 10 each of the past six years. They finished in second place twice (2013, 2015) before securing the national crown in 2016.






2018 Men’s Basketball #NECelite Unveiled

A 5-foot-5 guard headlines the list.

Mount St. Mary’s senior Junior Robinson was unanimously chosen by the league’s head coaches as the NEC Player of the Year. The conference’s leading scorer received the honor on the eve of Wednesday’s NEC Tournament quarterfinal games.

The league announced its major award winners and all-conference honorees on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter.

Meet the 2018 Men’s Basketball #NECelite…

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March Is Coming and the #NEC18 Men’s Bracket Is Set

Wagner clinched the top seed more than one week ago and the rest of the pieces fell into place as the #NECMBB regular season wound down.

Defending champion Mount St. Mary’s snatched the No. 2 seed with No. 3 Saint Francis U and No. 4 LIU Brooklyn joining the Mount as quarterfinal game hosts.

The tournament tips off on February 28 with all four quarters set for 7:00 pm ET. The semifinal round will unfold on March 3 with the #NECMBB Championship Game happening on March 6 on ESPN2.  All games will be played at the home sites of the higher seeds.






Two #NECMBB Greats Join LIU Softball Legend in Newest Hall of Fame Class


Welcome to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame, Mike Iuzzolino, Lesley Renninger and Howie Dickenman!

This year’s three-member class raises the total number of names enshrined in Somerset to 29.

Here’s something you should know about each of the three newest honorees.


Mike Iuzzolino (Saint Francis U)

Before going on to star in the NBA Jam video game alongside Dallas Mavericks teammate Derek Harper, Iuzzolino was responsible for arguably the most-impressive individual two-year stretch in the league’s 37 seasons of men’s basketball. SFU’s Academic All-American shot 52.3 percent from three-point range while piling up 1,346 points in two seasons after transferring from Penn State.


Lesley Renninger (LIU Brooklyn)

Her collegiate career ended 25 years ago, but there is still no LIU pitcher with a better career earned-run average than Renninger. The Academic All-American, who helped the Blackbirds to a conference crown as a freshman, won 55 of her 71 decisions in the circle.


Howie Dickenman (Central Connecticut)

Coach D, a mentor and friend to so many, bleeds CCSU blue. The former Blue Devil hoops star returned to his alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach in 1996 and proceeded to win four NEC Coach of the Year awards while thrice taking CCSU to the Big Dance.



Contrasting Styles in #NECWBB First-Place Showdown

Next week, there will be no more than one NEC unbeaten remaining.

Defending champion Robert Morris and NEC preseason favorite Saint Francis U are tied atop the conference standings with 4-0 records and the two Route 22 rivals will meet in Moon on January 13 for the first of two regular season head-to-head meetings.

Alternating victories, the two teams have split a total of six meetings over the past three seasons.

The latest chapter in the long-running rivalry features the NEC top-ranked scoring defense against the league’s highest-scoring squad.

For the third year in a row, Robert Morris is allowing the fewest points per game (54.1) in the conference. Meanwhile, having built a reputation of fast-paced play under head coach Joe Haigh, SFU averages a league-leading 80.5 points per contest.

Under second-year head coach Charlie Buscaglia, the Colonials have held their opponent under the 50-point mark in seven of 15 games this season. On four occasions, opponents have managed only 42 points or fewer against the RMU.

Buscaglia’s crew is responsible for the NEC’s top-two opponent single-game scoring lows. Most recently, RMU limited St. Francis Brooklyn to 36 points in a 23-point triumph. During the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Colonials posted a 56-38 win over MAAC member Monmouth (Dec. 3).

Robert Morris paces the circuit in team field goal percentage defense (.354) and has held NEC foes to a 28.6 percent success rate from the field.

Saint Francis U is the lone NEC team to reach the century mark in a game this season and the Flash have already achieved the feat twice. Last time out, SFU shot 48.1 percent from the floor en-route to a 101-71 win over LIU Brooklyn.

Two days earlier, Saint Francis U scored 90 points in a victory over St. Francis Brooklyn. The Red Flash have scored no fewer than 80 points in each of their first four NEC contests.

Long-range shooting has been a key part of the SFU arsenal. The Flash sank 33 triples against the NEC’s Brooklyn-based contingent last week and rank eighth overall on the NCAA DI team leader board in three-pointers per game (9.9).

RMU Scoring Defense: 54.1 ppg (1st)
SFU Scoring Offense: 80.5 ppg (1st)
RMU FG Pct. Defense: .354 (1st)
SFU 3FGM: 9.9/g (1st)



#NEChoops Preseason Predictions Red All Over

The Northeast Conference ceremoniously tipped off a new basketball season with its sixth annual #NECinNYC Social Media Day celebration at Barclays Center. Both the men’s and women’s preseason poll results were unveiled at the event.

Saint Francis U topped both preseason polls while placing two men and two women on the five-member Preseason All-NEC Teams.

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