2012 Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament: Robert Morris Again Falls To Long Island In Championship

Robert Morris lost to LIU 90-73 in a rematch of the Northeast Conference Championship.

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Robert Morris Vs. Long Island Final Score: New Year, Same Result As Colonials Fall To Blackbirds

Well, so much for that — barring some Selection Sunday miracle, the Robert Morris Colonials won’t be heading to the NCAA Tournament. RMU lost to Long Island 90-73 in the final of the Northeast Conference Championship, so just like last year, the Colonials have come up just short, and the Blackbirds are moving on (and celebrating it).

The Colonials were behind by eight points at the end of the first half, and they never got particularly close after that, as most of the second half went by with LIU holding about a 10-point lead. The Blackbirds extended their lead in the waning minutes.

Five LIU players finished the game in double figures, led by C.J. Garner with 21 points and Jason Brickman and Julian Boyd with 18 apiece. Brickman also had 11 assists. Lucky Jones had 14 points in the loss for the Colonials.

Spike Lee evidently was in attendance at the game.

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Robert Morris Vs. Long Island Score: RMU Trails By Eight At Halftime In Northeast Conference Championship

After the first half, the Robert Morris Colonials are down 39-31 against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds in the Northeast Conference Championship.

The Colonials were able to hold the Blackbirds throughout much of the first half, but with about eight minutes left to play, LIU scored 11 straight points, seven of them by Jamal Olasewere. By the time there were five minutes left, they led by nine. Robert Morris was able to close the gap a bit from there, but a Brandon Thompson three-pointer as the last few seconds of the half ticked away gave the Blackbirds a 39-31 lead.

Olasewere leads all scorers with 10 points for the Blackbirds. Julian Boyd has six points and seven rebounds, while Jason Brickman has six points and seven assists. For Robert Morris, Coron Williams has eight points, and Lijah Thompson has four points and five rebounds.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament Championship Game Schedule: Robert Morris Ready For Rematch Against Long Island

Robert Morris' rematch against Long Island in the Northeast Conference Championship takes place Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. (and will be broadcast on ESPN2/ESPN3). After losing in the championship game at LIU this year, the Colonials are eager for another shot.

"It'd mean a lot," said [Velton] Jones, a redshirt junior guard. "They beat us last year at their place. It'd be a fun experience to be able to go back there" ...

"I know our guys are excited to compete for a championship," Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. "I know that, having been here last year and playing against a really good LIU team, they have an idea of how difficult it's going to be to win the game."

It won't be easy, but RMU has beaten LIU before -- not in last year's championship game, of course, but on January 26, when Jones scored 23 points and the Colonials beat the Blackbirds 75-66 at home. In that game, RMU had a big first half thanks to Long Island's struggles behind the three-point line, so perhaps the Colonials will be able to sustain that magic on Wednesday.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament Bracket: Robert Morris, LIU To Square Off In Finals

Robert Morris advanced to the finals of the 2012 Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament bracket with a victory over Wagner Sunday, and now we know who the Colonials' opponent will be: the top-seeded LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. That means the championship will be a rematch of last year's Robert Morris / LIU championship matchup, which LIU won, 85-82, in overtime.

LIU eked out a 78-75 against Quinnipiac in the semifinals Sunday. The high-scoring Blackbirds will be a tough matchup for the Colonials. Robert Morris did beat LIU 75-66 in late January, but that was one of only two losses in conference games the Blackbirds had all season. (The other was a wild 106-78 loss against Monmouth late last month.)

LIU is led by junior forwards Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere, the team's top scorers (17 points per game apiece) and rebounders (9.5 per game for Boyd, 7.6 for Olasewere). The unfortunately-named sophomore guard Jason Brickman averages nine points and seven assists per game.

The game will take place at LIU on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN2/ESPN3.

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2012 Northeast Conference Tournament: Robert Morris Advances To Championship With 71-64 Win Over Wagner

The Robert Morris Colonials were able to advance to the Northeast Conference Tournament championship yet again, pulling off a 71-64 comeback victory over the Wagner Seahawks.

After trailing 31-29 at the half, the Colonials stormed out of the gate with a 10-1 run to start the second half. After holding the Seahawks at bay for much of the second half, Wagner would make a comeback, cutting the deficit to 65-62 with 1:01 remaining, but they were not able to get any closer.

After being plagued with foul trouble, guard Velton Jones was able to put together a solid performance in the second half while playing smart. He scored a team-high 17 points.

For Wagner, Latif Rivers led the team with 18 points to lead all scorers.

Robert Morris will face the winner of the Long Island-Quinnipiac semifinal in the NEC Championship Wednesday night.

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2012 Northeast Conference Tournament: Robert Morris Down 31-29 To Wagner At The Half

The Robert Morris Colonials' hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid are in jeopardy, as they trail the Wagner Seahawks at the half in the NEC semifinals.

Foul trouble and poor shooting have been the main culprit for the Colonials' troubles. RMU is shooting just 24 percent from the field. Velton Jones leads the Colonials with 10 points, but has three fouls.

Robert Morris still has the win well within reach, as they hold a 25-19 advantage on the glass, and are shooting better from behind the arc and at the foul line than Wagner.

For the Seahawks, Latif Rivers has a game-high 11 points, while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line. The Colonials will need to stop him from getting easy points if they want to come out on top. Jonathon Williams has also helped Wagner's cause with 10 points.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Robert Morris Takes On Wagner

The second -- and semifinal -- round of the 2012 Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament kicks off on Sunday, and here's a look at the schedule and matchups.

12:00 PM No. 3 Robert Morris vs. No. 2 Wagner
6:00 PM No. 5 Quinnipiac vs. No. 1 Long Island

Robert Morris dropped Monmouth in the first round of the tournament, 87-68, while Wagner beat Coastal Connecticut, 87-77.

Wagner beat Robert Morris on February 2, 80-69. Wagner only had three losses against Northeast Conference competition all season, and two of those were against top-seeded LIU, so the Colonials will have their work cut out for them, especially since Saturday's matchup comes on the road.

Since that Feburary 2 loss to Wagner, Robert Morris has won seven of its last eight, although several of those wins came against weaker NEC teams like Bryant, St. Francis (the one in Pennsylvania) and Mount St. Mary's.

Wagner is coached by Danny Hurley, and Hurley's brother Bobby, the former Duke and Sacramento Kings guard, is an assistant coach.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament 2012: Robert Morris, Long Island, Wagner, Quinnipiac Advance To Semifinals

The Robert Morris men's basketball team advanced through the first round of the Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament on Thursday, beating Monmouth 87-68. Coron Williams went an amazing 8-for-11 from behind the three-point line to lead the Colonials with 25 points. Velton Jones, meanwhile, had 12 points and 10 assists, and Lucky Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Elsewhere in the tournament, No. 1 Long Island beat Sacred Heard 80-68, No. 2 Wagner beat Central Connecticut 87-77, and No. 5 Quinnipiac ousted St. Francis of New York, 80-72. That means the bracket for the upcoming semifinal round, which will take place March 4 with game times of 12:00 and 6:00 PM, will be as follows:

No. 5 Quinnipiac at No. 1 Long Island
No. 3 Robert Morris vs. No. 2 Wagner

Wagner went 15-3 in conference and last played against Robert Morris February 2 in a matchup that RMU lost, 80-69. The semifinal round will be a tough one for the Colonials.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament 2012: Bracket And Schedule

With the 2012 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament set to begin Thursday, here's a look at the matchups and schedule.

Quarterfinals - March 1 (all games at 7:00 PM)

No. 8 Sacred Heart vs. No. 1 Long Island
No. 7 Central Connecticut vs. No. 2 Wagner
No. 6 Monmouth vs. No. 3 Robert Morris
No. 5 Quinnipiac vs. No. 4 St. Francis (NY)

That St. Francis isn't the one near Ebensburg, which is also in the Northeast Conference but which didn't make the tournament. Confusing!

Robert Morris and Monmouth last faced off January 21, when the Colonials won in overtime 81-73. RMU also beat Monmouth by 18 points on December 3.

Semifinals - March 4

Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed, 12:00 or 6:00 PM
Third remaining seed at second remaining seed, 12:00 or 6:00 PM

The championship game will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament 2012 Preview: Robert Morris Opens Tournament Against Monmouth

What do the Robert Morris Colonials need to do in order to plan another trip to the NCAA tournament?

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