Northeast Conference Tournament Recaps
(Wednesday, March 6th)
Final Score: Robert Morris 75, St. Francis (NY) 57
Moon Township, PA (Sports Network) - Karvel Anderson scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Robert Morris Colonials to a 75-57 win over the St. Francis (NY) Terriers in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
Russell Johnson had 19 points and Lucky Jones netted 16 points for top-seeded Robert Morris (23-9), which advanced to the semifinals to take on Mount St. Mary's. Velton Jones added eight assists.
Jalen Cannon and Dre Calloway tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively, for St. Francis (12-18).
Robert Morris shot 45.2 percent from the floor in the first half while St. Francis hit at just a 33.3 percent clip. The Colonials also forced nine turnovers and led 37-23 at halftime. St. Francis was held scoreless for the final 4:03 of the period.
Coron Williams opened the second period with one of his two 3-pointers to extend the Colonials' lead to 40-23. Robert Morris held the Terriers without a fast break basket in the second half.
Robert Morris outrebounded St. Francis, 38-24.
Final Score: Wagner 72, Central Connecticut State 50
Staten Island, NY (Sports Network) - Jonathon Williams netted 20 points as the Wagner Seahawks routed the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 72-50, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at the Spiro Sports Center.
Marcus Burton contributed 15 points, six rebounds and five assists off the bench for second-seeded Wagner (19-11), while Latif Rivers chipped in 10 points.
Kyle Vinales paced CCSU (13-17) with 23 points and Malcolm McMillan had 10 points.
CCSU shot just 22.2 percent in the opening period and went more than seven minutes without a basket midway through the half. Wagner made twice as many baskets as the Blue Devils and led 32-19 at intermission.
Kenneth Ortiz had five of his seven assists in the second half as Wagner shot 38.5 percent from the floor.
Wagner won the rebounding battle, 56-40, and corralled 23 offensive boards. It will face Long Island in the semifinals this weekend.
Final Score: Mount St. Mary's 75, Bryant 69
Smithfield, RI (Sports Network) - Rashad Whack tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers used a second-half surge to take down the fourth-seeded Bryant Bulldogs, 75-69, in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast Conference Tournament at Chace Athletic Center.
Shivaughn Wiggins scored 16 points for Mount St. Mary's (17-13), while Raven Barber and Julian Norfleet netted 14 points apiece. The Mountaineers will take on top-seeded Robert Morris in the semifinals on Saturday
For Bryant (19-11), Alex Francis recorded 25 points, while Dyami Starks poured in 19 points. Vlad Kondratyev and Frankie Dobbs contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Bryant controlled the first half, outshooting Mount St. Mary's from the field, 48.4 percent to 28 percent, as it took a 35-28 lead into intermission. The Mountaineers kept the game within striking distance by shooting 11-of-12 from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes.
Mount St. Mary's came storming back in the second half and used an 11-2 run to take an eight-point lead with 6:28 left. Bryant was never closer than four points of the lead the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers sealed their fate at the charity stripe with an outstanding 26-of-27 showing.
Final Score: Long Island 91, Quinnipiac 83
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - C.J. Garner netted 30 points for the second straight game to lead the Long Island Blackbirds to a 91-83 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center.
NEC player of the year Jamal Olasewere added 20 points for Long Island (18-13), which advanced to the semifinals to face Wagner. Brandon Thompson and Jason Brickman scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Ousmane Drame led Quinnipiac (15-16) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Evan Conti and Ike Azotam scored 14 points apiece while Jamee Jackson had 10 points and nine boards.
Drame provided a boost for Quinnipiac off the bench with 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The Bobcats shot 11-of-12 as a team from the foul line and outrebounded Long Island, 21-14, en route to a 47-43 halftime edge.
QU led 75-68 with 6:17 left in the game after a Conti triple, but the home team responded with seven consecutive points to knot the score. With the score tied at 80-80, LIU ran off 11 of the last 14 points, including a breakaway dunk by Kenny Onyechi with less than a minute left.
LIU won despite being outrebounded, 47-32.
03/06 22:32:39 ET