LIU 78, Quinnipiac 75
Julian Boyd scored 21 points and Long Island University-Brooklyn
sank just enough free throws down the stretch to beat Quinnipiac
78-75 Sunday night in the Northeast Conference tournament semifinal
Boyd laid in the basket that put the top-seeded Blackbirds
(24-8) ahead for good, 71-69, with 3:38 to play, but they couldn’t
convert all their free throw chances in the final two minutes to
get comfortably ahead.
But while the Blackbirds went 1 of 2 from the line five
different times in the final 1:46, their defense also stepped up.
LIU forced five Bobcats misses from the floor during that span
until James Johnson, who finished with 17 for Quinnipiac (18-13),
hit a last-second 3-pointer for the final margin.
The Blackbirds advanced to the NEC tournament final Wednesday
night, in which they will play third-seeded Robert Morris. The
Colonials beat LIU in the only regular-season meeting between the