LIU flies into NCAAs by beating Robert Morris

RALPH D. RUSSO AP Sports Writer Published:

NEC championship

LIU 90, Robert Morris 73

NEW YORK (AP) -- Julian Boyd scored 18 points, Jason Brickman had 11 assists and Long Island University's fast-breaking Blackbirds made it two straight Northeast Conference championships with a 90-73 victory against Robert Morris on Wednesday night.

In a rematch of last season's NEC title game thriller, Boyd and the Blackbirds (25-8) didn't need overtime to fend off the Colonials (24-10) this year and earn another NCAA bid. And they drew New York's most famous basketball fan to their little gym on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

Spike Lee jumped from his seat, arms raised, when Boyd hit a 3 pointer that put LIU up 68-54 with 6:20 remaining.

Velton Jones, RMU's leading scorer, was knocked hard to the floor in the opening minutes and appeared to come away with sore ribs. He played most of the game and scored 10 points, though he shot 3 for 12.

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