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2014 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held on March 5, 8, and 11.[1] The tournament featured the league's top eight seeds. The tourney opened on Wednesday, March 5 with the quarterfinals, followed by the semifinals on Saturday, March 8 and the finals on Tuesday, March 11. Mount St. Mary's won the championship, its fourth, and received the conferences automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

2014 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
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ClassificationDivision I
Season2013–14
Teams8
Sitecampus sites
Finals siteCharles L. Sewall Center
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
ChampionsMount St. Mary's (4th title)
Winning coachJamion Christian (1st title)
MVPRashad Whack (MSM)
Attendance10,999 (total)
3,024 (championship)
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2013–14 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Robert Morris 14 2   .875     22 14   .611
Wagner 12 4   .750     19 12   .613
Bryant 10 6   .625     18 14   .563
St. Francis Brooklyn 9 7   .563     18 14   .563
Mount St. Mary's 9 7   .563     16 17   .485
Central Connecticut 7 9   .438     11 19   .367
Saint Francis 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Fairleigh Dickinson 6 10   .375     10 21   .323
LIU Brooklyn 4 12   .250     9 20   .310
Sacred Heart 2 14   .125     5 26   .161
2014 NEC Tournament winner

FormatEdit

For the tenth straight year, the NEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will consist of an eight-team playoff format with all games played at the home of the higher seed. After the quarterfinals, the teams will be reseeded so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals.[2]

SeedsEdit

Teams are seeded based on the final regular season standings, with ties broken under an NEC policy.[3]

2014 NEC Men's Basketball Tournament seeds
Seed School Conference Overall Tiebreaker
1‡ Robert Morris 14–2 19–12
2 Wagner 12–4 18–11
3 Bryant 10–6 18–13
4 Mount St. Mary's 9–7 13–16 1–0 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
5 St. Francis Brooklyn 9–7 18–13
6 Saint Francis (PA) 7–9 9–20 2–0 vs. Central Connecticut
7 Central Connecticut 7–9 11–18
8 Fairleigh Dickinson 6–10 10–20

‡ – NEC regular season champions.
Overall records are as of the end of the regular season.

BracketEdit

  Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 5
NEC Front Row, MSG+2, FCS and Root Pittsburgh
Semifinals
Saturday, March 8
(reseeded)
MSG+, FCS
Championship
Tuesday, March 11
ESPN2
 
                           
  1 Robert Morris 60
8 Fairleigh Dickinson 53
1 Robert Morris 60  
6 Saint Francis (PA) 57  
4 Mount St. Mary's 72
  5 St. Francis Brooklyn 71
(Pairings are reseeded after the first round)   1 Robert Morris 71
  4 Mount St. Mary's 88
  2 Wagner 83
7 Central Connecticut 59
2 Wagner 72
4 Mount St. Mary's 77  
3 Bryant 54
  6 Saint Francis (PA) 55

All games were played at the venue of the higher seed

Game SummariesEdit

Quarterfinals: Robert Morris vs. Fairleigh DickinsonEdit

Series History: RMU leads 39-30

Mar 5
7:00 pm EST
Robert Morris Colonials 60, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 53
Scoring by half: 26-24, 34-29
Pts: Lucky Jones 19
Rebs: Lucky Jones 7
Asts: Lucky Jones & David Appolon 4
Pts: Sidney Sanders, Jr 16
Rebs: Mathias Seilund 10
Asts: Sidney Sanders, Jr 3
Charles L. Sewall Center
Moon Township, PA
Attendance: 1,117
Referees: Donnie Eppley, Tom Courtney, Andrew Maira

Quarterfinals: Mount St. Mary's vs. St. Francis BrooklynEdit

Series History: MSM leads 31-29
Announcers: Dave Popkin, Terry O'Connor, Paul Dottino [4]

FCS
Mar 5
7:00 pm EST
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 72, St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers 71
Scoring by half: 21-33, 51-38
Pts: Rashad Whack 28
Rebs: Gregory Graves 8
Asts: Julian Norfleet 6
Pts: Lowell Ulmer 18
Rebs: Amdy Fall 7
Asts: Brent Jones 7
Knott Arena
Emmitsburg, MD
Attendance: 1,309
Referees: Rob Riley, Bill McCarthy, Bob Testa

Quarterfinals: Wagner vs. Central ConnecticutEdit

Series History: WC leads 20-19

Mar 5
7:00 pm EST
Wagner Seahawks 83, Central Connecticut Blue Devils 59
Scoring by half: 29-37, 37-46
Pts: Kenneth Ortiz 21
Rebs: Orlando Parker 12
Asts: Latif Rivers 4
Pts: Kyle Vinales 20
Rebs: Brandon Peel 12
Asts: Khalen Cumberlander 4
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
Attendance: 1,003
Referees: Earl Walton, Jeff Clark, Dennis Allocco

Quarterfinals: Saint Francis (PA) at BryantEdit

Series History: BU leads 6-3

Mar 5
2:00 pm EST
Saint Francis Red Flash 55, Bryant Bulldogs 54
Scoring by half: 28-25, 27-29
Pts: Ronnie Drinnon 28
Rebs: Ronnie Drinnon 18
Asts: Earl Brown 7
Pts: Dyami Starks 19
Rebs: Alex Francis 6
Asts: Shane McLaughlin 5
Chace Athletic Center
Smithfield, RI
Attendance: 1,520
Referees: John Hughes, Gary Pucino, Brandon Cruz

Semifinal: Mount St. Mary's at WagnerEdit

Series History: WC leads 32-19
Announcers: Paul Dottino, Tim Capstraw, Matt Martucci [4]

FCS
Mar 8
12:00 pm EST
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 77, Wagner Seahawks 72
Scoring by half: 35-31, 42-41
Pts: Rashad Whack 21
Rebs: Gregory Graves 7
Asts: Julian Norfleet 7
Pts: Kenneth Ortiz 26
Rebs: Orlando Parker 10
Asts: Latif Rivers 3
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
Attendance: 1,287
Referees: Brian Dorsey, Frank Scagliotta, Tom Courtney

Semifinal: Robert Morris vs. Saint Francis (PA)Edit

Series History: RMU leads 48-28
Announcers: John Schmeelk, Joe DeSantis, Pat O'Keefe [4]

FCS
Mar 8
7:00 pm EST
Robert Morris Colonials 60, Saint Francis Red Flash 57
Scoring by half: 15-20, 45-37
Pts: Karvel Anderson 21
Rebs: Lucky Jones 7
Asts: Lucky Jones 3
Pts: Earl Brown 18
Rebs: Ronnie Drinnon 9
Asts: Earl Brown & Dominique Major 2
Charles L. Sewall Center
Moon Township, PA
Attendance: 1,739
Referees: Guy Pagano; Tom Regan; Jim Bruno

Championship: Mount St. Mary's at Robert MorrisEdit

Series History: RMU leads 30-27
Announcers: Mike Crispino, Miles Simon [5]

ESPN2
Mar 11
7:00 pm EST
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 88, Robert Morris Colonials 71
Scoring by half: 48-32, 40-39
Pts: Rashad Whack 20
Rebs: Sam Prescott 6
Asts: Rashad Whack & Sam Prescott 4
Pts: Karvel Anderson 21
Rebs: Lucky Jones & Charles Oliver 5
Asts: Kavon Stewart 5
Charles L. Sewall Center
Moon Township, PA
Attendance: 3,024
Referees: Earl Walton, Donnie Eppley, Guy Pagano


All-tournament teamEdit

Tournament MVP in bold.[6]

Name School Pos. Year Ht. Hometown
Rashad Whack Mount St. Mary's Guard Senior 6-2 Hyattsville, Maryland
Julian Norfleet Mount St. Mary's Guard Senior 6-2 Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sam Prescott Mount St. Mary's Guard Senior 6-3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lucky Jones Robert Morris Forward Junior 6-5 Newark, New Jersey
Kenneth Ortiz Wagner Guard Senior 6-0 Newark, New Jersey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NEC Fan Guide 2013-14" (PDF). northeastconference.org. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  2. ^ "2014 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament". NortheasConference.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ "NEC Basketball Tiebreaker Procedure". NortheastConference.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "College Basketball on TV: Week 18". ncaa.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "College Basketball on TV: Week 19". ncaa.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Mount Mayhem! Mount St. Mary's Wins 4th NEC Men's Basketball Crown With 88-71 Win Over Robert Morris". NortheastConference.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015.