LIU-Brooklyn headed to NCAA tourney
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LiU wins Division and moves on too NCAA Tournament. ..
The Blackbirds are headed to the Big Dance!

After winning its second consecutive Northeast Conference championship, the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team drew a No. 16 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 1 seed Michigan State.

The Blackbirds and Spartans will square off on Friday, March 16 in the second round of the tournament at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

LIU compiled a 25-8 record and went 16-2 in the NEC to claim its second straight regular-season title. The Blackbirds, who have the nation’s second-longest home winning streak at 27 games, are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Michigan State is 27-7 and went 13-5 in the Big Ten. The Spartans, who are currently ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, defeated No. 7 Ohio State by a 68-64 margin to capture the Big Ten championship.

The Blackbirds insured their trip to the tournament by defeating Robert Morris 90-73 in the Northeast Conference championship in front of a raucous sellout crowd at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn.

Four Blackbirds scored in double figures, led by 21 points from junior C.J. Garner. LIU (25-8) used a 13-0 run in the first half to pull away from the Colonials and claim a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Jason Brickman tied a career-high with 18 points and added 10 assists for his fifth double-double of the season. The 10 dimes set a new NEC championship game record, as did his 29 assists during the three-game tournament.

The NEC title was the fourth for the Blackbirds, who also won in 1984, 1997 and 2011.
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