Robert Morris and Long Island played a close to neck and neck game for the entirety if the Northeastern Conference championship, eventually resulting in some bonus basketball, but the top seeded Blackbirds grinded out a close win, 85-82, after 65 minutes to take the Northestern Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Long Island had a 16-2 conference record and an RPI of 81 going into this game, so they should have a good chance of avoiding the truly elite teams in the first round of the tournament.
Long Island appeared to have the game wrapped up in regulation time, but Russel Johnson of Robert Morris hit a three point shot to tie the game up at 74-74 with 18 seconds remaining. Long Island had a chance to win with both a shot and an tip on an offensive rebound at the end of regulation, but they were unable to convert. They recovered in overtime, though, eventually pulling out the victory.
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