7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2011
Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, Brooklyn, New York
Long Island wins Northeast tournament title for first NCAA bid in 14 years
NEW YORK -- No need to wait for Jay-Z and the Nets to arrive. Long Island University has already brought big-time basketball back to Brooklyn.Jamal Olasewere scored seven of his 31 points in overtime and LIU earned its first NCAA tournament bid in 14 years with an 85-82 overtime victory against two-time defending champion Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference title game Wednesday night.After having a career game in the biggest game of his career, Olasewere had a warning for the Blackbirds' NCAA opponents -- yes, he expects there to be more than one.
• Jamal Olasewere led Long Island with a career-high 31 points, along with 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and third straight.
• Long Island won its 13th straight game, the longest active streak in Division I.
• Robert Morris pulled even to force overtime on a Russell Johnson 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
• The win sends Long Island to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in school history, and the first time since 1997. The Blackbirds are 0-3 in tournament games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||28-66 (.424)||31-71 (.437)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-25 (.320)||4-14 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-26 (.692)||19-31 (.613)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
NEC Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|Central Connecticut St||11-7||19-12|
|St. Francis (Bkn)||10-8||15-15|
|Mt. St. Mary's||9-9||11-21|
|St. Francis (Pa)||7-11||9-21|
|View expanded standings »|
LIU's win over Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference Championship means that the men's basketball programs at both of the Long Island University System's 4-year institutions will be involved in NCAA Tournament play this year. The other 4-year school in the LIU system, C.W. Post, qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament by winning the East Coast Conference Tournament Championship this past Sunday.
ESPN Stats & Information