What an exciting Sunday in local college hoops! Four local teams advanced to their respective conferences' championship game, and one sadly fell short in the semifinals. Here are the details:
Long Island U. (26-5), the top seed in the NEC, held off No. 4 seed Central Connecticut State, 69-67. Jamal Olasewere had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Blackbirds. LIU will host No. 3 seed Robert Morris on Wednesday night, with an NCAA tournament bid on the line.
Iona (22-10), the No. 2 seed in the MAAC, blitzed No. 3 seed Rider, 83-59. Jermel Jenkins had 20 points, including six treys, for the Gaels. Iona, which has now won nine straight, will play in the MAAAC championship game on Monday night against ...
St. Peter's (19-13), the No. 4 seed, which stunned top-seed Fairfield, 62-48. Jeron Belin had 15 points for the Peacocks, who jumped out to a 40-15 lead and held on. Iona swept St. Peter's in the regular season, winning by 14 and 18 points.
Stony Brook, the No. 5 seed in the America East, shocked top seed Vermont, blowing out the Catamounts, 69-47. Leonard Hayes had 20 points for the Seawolves, who will play at No. 2 seed Boston University on Saturday for a bid to the Big Dance.
Hofstra, the No. 3 seed in the CAA, did not fare as well -- the Pride lost to No. 2 seed Old Dominion on Sunday, 77-69. Two-time CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins had 16 points for Hofstra, who most likely will end up in the NIT.