As much as we were hoping for two NYC teams to play in the NEC Championship Game — and yes, Wagner counts! — the Staten Island college lost yesterday to Robert Morris at home. Fortunately, Long Island did not, edging Quinnipiac 78-75 to reach the NEC title matchup for the second straight season. Actually, they’ll be hosting Robert Morris for the second consecutive year; last year they beat them and had a good old-fashioned storm-the-court moment. Long Island, amazingly, has the second-longest home-court winning streak in the country, behind Kentucky. On Wednesday night, on ESPN2, they’ll have a chance to extend it and make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. If you want tickets, you better get ‘em now; the place only holds 1,400 people. Get to it! NEC fever!
Robert Morris’ Lawrence Bridges sits dejected as fans run out onto the court to celebrate with Long Island players after they defeated Robert Morris 85-82 in overtime to win the Northeast Conference Championship NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)