2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2016NECBasketballLogo.jpg
ClassificationDivision I
Season2015–16
Teams8
Sitecampus sites
Finals siteSpiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
ChampionsFairleigh Dickinson (5th title)
Winning coachGreg Herenda (1st title)
MVPEarl Potts Jr. (FDU)
Attendance9,258
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2015–16 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wagner 13 5   .722     23 11   .676
Fairleigh Dickinson 11 7   .611     18 15   .545
Sacred Heart 11 7   .611     12 18   .400
St. Francis Brooklyn 11 7   .611     15 17   .469
Mount St. Mary's 10 8   .556     14 19   .424
LIU Brooklyn 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Saint Francis 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
Robert Morris 8 10   .444     10 22   .313
Bryant 5 13   .278     8 23   .258
Central Connecticut 3 15   .167     4 25   .138
2016 NEC Tournament winner

The 2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held from March 2–8, 2016. The tournament featured the league's top eight seeds, with higher seed hosting all games. The winners of the tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson, will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This is Fairleigh Dickinson's fifth Championship.

Format[edit]

For the twelfth straight year, the NEC Men’s Basketball Tournament consisted of an eight-team playoff format with all games played at the home of the higher seed. After the quarterfinals, the teams were reseeded so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals.[1]

Seeds[edit]

Teams were seeded based on the final regular season standings, with ties broken under an NEC policy.[2]

Seed School Conference Tiebreaker
1 Wagner 13–5
2 Fairleigh Dickinson 11–7 1–1 vs. SHU, 1–1 vs. SFC, 1–1 vs. Wagner, 2–0 vs. LIU, 2–0 vs. SFU
3 Sacred Heart 11–7 1–1 vs. SFC, 1–1 vs. FDU, 1–1 vs. Wagner, 1–1 vs. LIU, 1–1 vs. SFU
4 St. Francis Brooklyn 11–7 1–1 vs. FDU, 1–1 vs. SHU, 0–2 vs. Wagner
5 Mount St. Mary's 10–8
6 LIU Brooklyn 9–9 1–1 vs. SFU, 2–0 vs. Wagner
7 Saint Francis (PA) 9–9 1–1 vs. LIU, 1–1 vs. Wagner
8 Robert Morris 8–10

Bracket[edit]

Teams were reseed after each round with highest remaining seeds receiving home court advantage.

  Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 2
NEC Front Row
Semifinals
Saturday, March 5
NEC Front Row, MSG+, and FCS
Championship
Tuesday, March 8
ESPN2
                           
  1 Wagner 59
8 Robert Morris 50
1 Wagner 81  
6 LIU Brooklyn 65  
4 St. Francis Brooklyn 51
  5 Mount St. Mary's 60
(Pairings are reseeded after the first round)   1 Wagner 79
  2 Fairleigh Dickinson 87
  2 Fairleigh Dickinson 74
7 Saint Francis (PA) 72
2 Fairleigh Dickinson 80
5 Mount St. Mary's 75  
3 Sacred Heart 76
  6 LIU Brooklyn 84

All games will be played at the venue of the higher seed

Game summaries[edit]

Quarterfinals: #1 Wagner vs. #8 Robert Morris[edit]

Series History: Robert Morris leads 41–28

NEC Front Row
March 2
7:00 PM
#1 Wagner 59, #8 Robert Morris 50
Scoring by half: 24–19, 35–31
Pts: Mike Aaman 12
Rebs: Michael Carey 14
Asts: Michael Carey 3
Pts: Isaiah Still 11
Rebs: Rodney Pryor 7
Asts: Kavon Stewart 6
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
Attendance: 1,012
Referees: Robert Testa, Art Jackson, Mike Pearson

Quarterfinals: #2 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #7 Saint Francis (PA)[edit]

Series History: Fairleigh Dickinson leads 44–40

NEC Front Row
March 2
7:00 PM
#2 Fairleigh Dickinson 74, #7 Saint Francis (PA) 72
Scoring by half: 40–44, 34–28
Pts: Darian Anderson 22
Rebs: Earl Potts Jr. 6
Asts: Stephen Jiggets 7
Pts: Ronnie Drinnon 21
Rebs: Ronnie Drinnon 22
Asts: Greg Brown 5
Rothman Center
Hackensack, NJ
Attendance: 1,127
Referees: John Hughes, Rod Mrakovich, Dave Fernandez

Quarterfinals: #3 Sacred Heart vs. #6 LIU Brooklyn[edit]

Series History: LIU Brooklyn leads 20–11

MSG, FCS, NEC Front Row
March 2
7:00 PM
#6 LIU Brooklyn 84, #3 Sacred Heart 76
Scoring by half: 47–33, 37–43
Pts: Joel Hernandez 22
Rebs: Joel Hernandez 7
Asts: Martin Hermannsson 6
Pts: Cane Broome 35
Rebs: Cane Broome 8
Asts: Jordan Allen 3
William H. Pitt Center
Fairfield, CT
Attendance: 710
Referees: Guy Pagano, Douglas Grant, Tom Regan

Quarterfinals: #4 St. Francis Brooklyn vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's[edit]

Series History: Mount St. Mary's leads 30–26

MSG, FCS, NEC Front Row
March 2
9:00 PM
#5 Mount St. Mary's 60, #4 St. Francis Brooklyn 51
Scoring by half: 24–34, 36–17
Pts: Yunus Hopkinson 18
Rebs: Amdy Fall 9
Asts: Chris Hooper 5
Pts: BK Ashe 18
Rebs: BK Ashe 7
Asts: BK Ashe 4
Generoso Pope Athletic Complex
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 675
Referees: Steve Ruppenthal, Gary Prager, Brandon Williams

Semifinal: #1 Wagner vs. #6 LIU Brooklyn[edit]

Series History: Wagner leads 40–39

MSG+, FCS, NEC Front Row
March 5
4:00 PM
#1 Wagner 81, #6 LIU Brooklyn 65
Scoring by half: 29–33, 52–32
Pts: Michael Carey 28
Rebs: Michael Carey 10
Asts: Corey Henson 4
Pts: Joel Hernandez 19
Rebs: Jerome Frink 8
Asts: Martin Hermannsson 4
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
Attendance: 1,814
Referees: Jim Bruno, Brandon Cruz, Tom Courtney

Semifinal: #2 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's[edit]

Series History: Fairleigh Dickinson leads 27–23

MSG+, FCS, NEC Front Row
March 5
2:00 PM
#2 Fairleigh Dickinson 80, #5 Mount St. Mary's 75
Scoring by half: 39–39, 41–36
Pts: Earl Potts Jr. 20
Rebs: Mike Holloway 17
Asts: Darian Anderson 4
Pts: Junior Robinson 21
Rebs: BK Ashe 7
Asts: Junior Robinson 2
Rothman Center
Hackensack, NJ
Attendance: 1,562
Referees: Lionel Butler, Andrew Maira, James Ostwalt

Championship: #1 Wagner 79 vs. #2 Fairleigh Dickinson 87[edit]

Series History: Fairleigh Dickinson leads 41–37

ESPN2
March 8
7:00 PM
#2 Fairleigh Dickinson 87, #1 Wagner 79
Scoring by half: 33–35, 54–44
Pts: Darian Anderson 28
Rebs: Earl Potts, Jr. 7
Asts: Dairan Anderson 5
Pts: Corey Hensen 24
Rebs: Michael Carey 11
Asts: Michael Carey 5
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, NY
Attendance: 2,358
Referees: Earl Walton, Robert Riley, Donnie Eppley


*All times EST

All-tournament team[edit]

Tournament MVP in bold.[3]

Name School Pos. Year Ht. Hometown
Earl Potts Jr. Fairleigh Dickinson Guard Sophomore 6-6 Severn, Maryland
Darian Anderson Fairleigh Dickinson Guard Sophomore 6-1 Washington, D.C.
Michael Carey Wagner Guard/Forward Junior 6-5 Nassau, Bahamas
Corey Henson Wagner Guard Sophomore 6-3 Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Joel Hernandez LIU Brooklyn Guard Junior 6-3 Teaneck, New Jersey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 NEC men's bracket" (PDF). NortheastConference.org. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ "NEC Basketball Tiebreaker Procedure". NortheastConference.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ "NCAA-Bound: Fairleigh Dickinson Storms Back to Top Wagner for #NECMBB CrownTitle". NortheastConference.org. Retrieved March 9, 2016.