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Robert Morris Loses Northeast Conference Championship

Robert Morris lost in the Northeast Conference Championship Game to Long Island Wednesday, almost certainly ending the Colonials' NCAA Tournament hopes. Robert Morris mounted a comeback to force overtime after finding itself in a hole late in the game, but came up just short:

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Russell Johnson missed a 3-point attempt with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime as Long Island beat Robert Morris, 85-82, Wednesday night in the Northeast Conference championship game.

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"Disbelief," sophomore guard Velton Jones said. "That's all I can say is disbelief" ...

↵"We didn't do a good job for the full 40 minutes, and that had us playing catch-up as opposed of being in control of the game," Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. "But I give a lot of credit to my team, fighting back and sending the game to overtime. ... Unfortunately, LIU was just a couple points better."
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Robert Morris won the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2009 and 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they were beaten in the first round by Michigan State and (narrowly) by Villanova, respectively.
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Joe Lunardi marks Long Island as a No. 14 seed in March Madness.

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