Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
SportBasketball
ConferenceNortheast Conference
Number of teams8
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current stadiumCampus of highest seed
Played1982–present[1]
Last contest2019
Current championFairleigh Dickinson Knights
Most championshipsRobert Morris Colonials (8)
Official websiteNEC Men's Basketball

The Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Northeast Conference. The tournament has been held every year since the 1981–82 season when the Northeast Conference was established. It is an eight-team single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. After the quarterfinals, the teams are shuffled so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals. The tournament winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Robert Morris is the program that has won the most NEC Tournament Championships (8) followed by LIU (6) and Fairleigh Dickinson (6).[2] LIU Brooklyn has been the only program to win three consecutive tournament championships, from 2011–2013. Robert Morris has won back-to-back championships on three occasions (1982-83, 1989-90 and 2009-10), the only other programs to win back-to-back championships, Marist and Rider, are no longer members of the NEC. Of the current conference members (11 programs), four have not won a championship, they are St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Bryant and Merrimack.

History of the Tournament Final[edit]

Year NEC Champion Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Championship Venue
1982 Robert Morris 85–84 Long Island Tom Parks, RMU Arnold and Marie Schwartz Athletic Center (Brooklyn, New York)
1983 Robert Morris 79–67 Long Island Chipper Harris, RMU John Jay Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
1984 Long Island 87–81 Robert Morris Carey Scurry, LIU McCann Field House (Poughkeepsie, New York)
1985 Fairleigh Dickinson 63–59 Loyola (MD) Larry Hampton, FDU Reitz Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)
1986 Marist 57–56OT Fairleigh Dickinson Rik Smits, MARIST Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
1987 Marist 64–55OT Fairleigh Dickinson Drafton Davis, MARIST McCann Field House (Poughkeepsie, New York)
1988 Fairleigh Dickinson 90–75 Monmouth Jaime Latney, FDU Rothman Center (Hackensack, New Jersey)
1989 Robert Morris 69–68 Fairleigh Dickinson Vaughn Luton, RMU Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
1990 Robert Morris 71–66 Monmouth Alex Blackwell, MONMOUTH Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
1991 Saint Francis (PA) 97–82 Fairleigh Dickinson Mike Iuzzolino, SFU DeGol Arena (Loretto, Pennsylvania)
1992 Robert Morris 85–81 Marist Myron Walker, RMU Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
1993 Rider 65–64 Wagner Darrick Suber, RIDER Alumni Gymnasium (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
1994 Rider 62–56 Monmouth Charles Smith, RIDER Alumni Gymnasium (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
1995 Mount St. Mary's 69–62 Rider Silas Cheung, MSM Alumni Gymnasium (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
1996 Monmouth 60–59 Rider Corey Albano, MONMOUTH William T. Boylan Gymnasium (West Long Branch, New Jersey)
1997 Long Island 72–67 Monmouth Charles Jones, LIU Schwartz Athletic Center (Brooklyn, New York)
1998 Fairleigh Dickinson 105–91 Long Island Rahshon Turner, FDU Schwartz Athletic Center (Brooklyn, New York)
1999 Mount St. Mary's 72–56 Central Connecticut Gregory Harris, MSM Spiro Sports Center (Staten Island, New York)
2000 Central Connecticut 63–46 Robert Morris Rick Mickens, CCSU Sovereign Bank Arena (Trenton, New Jersey)
2001 Monmouth 67–64 St. Francis (NY) Rahsaan Johnson, MONMOUTH Sovereign Bank Arena (Trenton, New Jersey)
2002 Central Connecticut 78–71 Quinnipiac Damian Battles, CCSU William H. Detrick Gymnasium (New Britain, Connecticut)
2003 Wagner 78–61 St. Francis (NY) Jermaine Hall, WAGNER Spiro Sports Center (Staten Island, New York)
2004 Monmouth 67–55 Central Connecticut Blake Hamilton, MONMOUTH William T. Boylan Gymnasium (West Long Branch, New Jersey)
2005 Fairleigh Dickinson 58–52 Wagner Tamien Trent, FDU Rothman Center (Hackensack, New Jersey)
2006 Monmouth 49–48 Fairleigh Dickinson Marques Alston, MONMOUTH Rothman Center (Hackensack, New Jersey)
2007 Central Connecticut 74–70 Sacred Heart Javier Mojica, CCSU William H. Detrick Gymnasium (Fairfield, Connecticut)
2008 Mount St. Mary's 68–55 Sacred Heart Jean Cajou, MSM William H. Pitt Center (Fairfield, Connecticut)
2009 Robert Morris 48–46 Mount St. Mary's Jeremy Chappell, RMU Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
2010 Robert Morris 52–50 Quinnipiac Karon Abraham, RMU TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, Connecticut)
2011 Long Island 85–82OT Robert Morris Jamal Olasewere, LIU Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center (Brooklyn, New York)
2012 Long Island 90–73 Robert Morris Julian Boyd, LIU Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center (Brooklyn, New York)
2013 Long Island 91–70 Mount St. Mary's C. J. Garner, LIU Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center (Brooklyn, New York)
2014 Mount St. Mary's 88–71 Robert Morris Rashad Whack, MSM Charles L. Sewall Center (Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
2015 Robert Morris 66–63 St. Francis Brooklyn Rodney Prior, RMU Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (Brooklyn, New York)
2016 Fairleigh Dickinson 87–79 Wagner Earl Potts, Jr., FDU Spiro Sports Center (Staten Island, New York)
2017 Mount St. Mary's 71–61 Saint Francis (PA) Elijah Long, MSM Knott Arena (Emmitsburg, Maryland)
2018 Long Island 71–61 Wagner Joel Hernandez, LIU Spiro Sports Center (Staten Island, New York)
2019 Fairleigh Dickinson 85–76 Saint Francis (PA) Darnell Edge, FDU DeGol Arena (Loretto, Pennsylvania)
2020 0–0

Winners and finals appearances by school[edit]

Denotes school is a former member of the NEC
School Finals Appearances Championships Years
Robert Morris 13 8 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2015
LIU[a] 9 6 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018
Fairleigh Dickinson 11 6 1985, 1988, 1998, 2005, 2016, 2019
Mount St. Mary's 7 5 1995, 1999, 2008, 2014, 2017
Monmouth 8 4 1996, 2001, 2004, 2006
Central Connecticut 5 3 2000, 2002, 2007
Marist 3 2 1986, 1987
Rider 4 2 1993, 1994
Saint Francis (PA) 3 1 1991
Wagner 4 1 2003
St. Francis Brooklyn 3 0
Quinnipiac 2 0
Sacred Heart 2 0
Loyola (MD) 1 0
Bryant 0 0
Merrimack 0 0
Notes
  1. ^ From 1981 to 2019, Long Island University was represented in the Northeast Conference by its Brooklyn campus, known for athletic purposes as "Long Island" through the 2012–13 season and "LIU Brooklyn" from 2013–14 forward. After the 2018–19 season, LIU merged the athletic programs of its Brooklyn and Post campuses into a single program, now competing as the LIU Sharks, that inherited the NCAA Division I and Northeast Conference memberships of the Brooklyn campus.

Broadcasters[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
2019 ESPN2 Mike Couzens Chris Spatola
2018 ESPN2 Rece Davis Tom Crean
2017 ESPN2 Rece Davis Jim Calhoun
2016 ESPN2 Karl Ravech Jim Calhoun
2015 ESPN2 John Brickley Craig Robinson
2014 ESPN2 Mike Crispino Miles Simon
2013 ESPN2 Mike Crispino Tim Welsh
2012 ESPN2 Jon Sciambi
2011[3] ESPN2 Jon Sciambi LaPhonso Ellis
2010[4] ESPN2 Bob Wischusen Tim Welsh

Radio[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
2016 Westwood One Gary Cohen Doug Gottlieb
2015 Westwood One Jason Benetti Alaa Abdelnaby
2014 Westwood One John Sadak Donny Marshall
2013 Dial Global John Sadak Kelly Tripucka
2011[5] Westwood One John Tautges Alaa Abdelnaby

References[edit]

  1. ^ Past Northeast Conference champions and MVPs, NortheastConference.org, May 16, 2013
  2. ^ "NEC men's basketball record book" (PDF). northeastconference.org. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.espnmediazone3.com/us/2011/02/28/championship-week-presented-by-dick%e2%80%99s-sporting-goods-schedule/?s-sporting-goods-schedule/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.the506.com/smf/index.php?topic=9791.0