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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The University Of Robert Morris

LIU dethrones Robert Morris in NEC champ game

Jamal Olasewere scored 7 of his 31 points in overtime and the Long Island University earned its first NCAA tournament bid in 14 years with an 85-82 overtime victory over two-time defending champion Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference title game Wednesday night.

Jason Brickman made two free throws with 7 seconds left to give top-seeded LIU (27-5) an 85-82 lead. Russell Johnson, who made a 3-pointer with 16.8 left for the Colonials (18-14) to send the game to OT, missed a potential tying 3 with the clock winding down.

But the rebound bounced out of bounds with 0.6 left and 3rd-seeded Robert Morris had one more chance. Johnson’s catch-and-shoot 3 at the buzzer from the wing hit the front of the rim and within seconds Blackbirds fans sprinted on to the court to celebrate the school’s first NEC championship since 1997.

In front of a standing room-only crowd of about 1,300 at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, a short walk from the construction site which will eventually become the Nets home arena and around the corner from Brooklyn’s famed Flatbush Avenue, LIU secured the fourth NCAA bid in school history.

Watch this video of "All About Robert Morris University".

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