Northeast Conference basketball standings 2013: Robert Morris eyes another trip to the Big Dance

Wesley Hitt

Robert Morris was the only 20-win team in the Northeast Conference this year and has earned the regular season crown and top seed in the conference tournament.

Robert Morris out-shot the rest of the Northeast Conference and finished the season in first place in the league standings. The Colonials shot 38 percent from three this season and are poised for another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

After a 14-4 conference season and a 22-9 overall showing, Robert Morris will have the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament and will host St. Francis (NY) Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.

Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones led Robert Morris offensively. Both averaged in double figures and shot over 40 percent from three.

But the Colonials, who have won five in a row, are far from invincible. Wagner, Bryant and LIU-Brooklyn finished in a three-way tie for second place in the conference at 12-6 each.

The Seahawks were led by 15 points per game from Jonathon Williams, who also pulled down a team-high 6.4 rebounds per contest.

Bryant, which stumbled down the stretch, relied on the inside-out threat of Dyami Starks and Alex Francis. Starks, a guard, put up 17.8 points per game, while the forward Francis averaged 17.1 points and 8.6 rebounds.

And LIU, the defending conference tournament champion, suffered through a tumultuous season of suspensions and injuries under first-year head coach Jack Perri. But through its struggles, Jamal Olaswere emerged as the leader, compiling 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut and St. Francis (NY) round out the top eight in the Northeast Conference and make up the rest of the teams that will compete in the league's tournament, which starts next week.

Here's a look at the final Northeast Conference standings:

Team Conf. W-L Overall W-L
Robert Morris 14-4 22-9
Bryant 12-6 19-10
Wagner 12-6 18-11
LIU-Brooklyn 12-6 17-13
Mount St. Mary's 11-7 16-13
Quinnipiac 11-7 15-15
Central Connecticut St. 9-9 13-16
St. Francis (NY) 8-10 12-17
Sacred Heart 7-11 9-20
Monmouth 5-13 10-21
St. Francis (PA) 5-13 5-24
Fairleigh Dickinson 2-16 7-24

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