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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