In the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference on Wednesday night, not only was it fun to see all four games at once (thanks to the NEC Front Row website for the cool features), but St. Francis of Brooklyn appeared to have the game well in hand at these junctures:
- St. Francis led Mount St. Mary’s 46-29 with 14:30 left in the second half.
- The lead shrunk to 47-34 with 11:33 remaining.
- The lead was 56-41 with 7:59 left.
- Mount Mayhem was back in business with 3:40 remaining, cutting the lead down to 59-49
- The final 22 real minutes/52.3 seconds took almost forever:
- St. Francis committed an intentional foul, then the next time down–they fouled a three-point shooter in the act of shooting. The result–4 of 5 made free throws and the lead was cut to one.
- A few turnovers later, one errant pass and a fumbled ball in front of the Mt. St. Mary’s bench set up for the game winner. But St. Francis also missed two free throws with 8 seconds left.
- A three pointer by senior Rashad Whack capped off the comeback.
St. Francis then tried to do what Syracuse attempted to do vs. Indiana in the 1987 national championship game, and came up empty. Knott Arena went bananas, especially with their ten rows of “Mount Maniacs” and the student body with the cheerleaders staring in disbelief over this “craziest” of comebacks, as some Mt. St. Mary’s fans were posting on their Twitter accounts shortly after the game ended.
Next up for the Mount, a Friday afternoon semifinal date with Robert Morris at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The Colonials did just enough to edge out Fairleigh Dickinson, 60-53. The other semifinal will have Wagner, who had an easy time with Central Connecticut State 83-59 against surprising St. Francis of Pennsylvania, who survived a flurry of missed shots on the floor of Bryant University to escape, 55-54.
The online feed was a bit choppy and blurry in the Patriot League, but it did see one upset:
Army had gone 1-7 in previous Patriot League tournament games. But they managed to escape big time at Bucknell, 72-71. They will next march up to Boston University to take on the top seeded Terriers on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network cable channel. Boston U. had an easy time with Lafayette of Pa. winning easily 91-54.
The other side of the bracket had both higher seeds advancing, as the 2 seed of American Univ. disposed of Colgate 59-50, while Holy Cross got the better of Lehigh, 54-48.
Finally, in Nashville “Music City USA”–the tune was clearly in-state mode as Tennessee Tech survived a mini-comeback of sorts and made SIU Edwardsville a ‘one-hit wonder’ for the 2013-2014 season in winning their Ohio Valley Conference opener 74-67. Next up, a 4/5 matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern against Morehead State.
Speaking of Thursday, the Missouri Valley Conference begins their annual “Arch Madness” in St. Louis. All games except the final game to be televised by most Comcast SportsNet affiliates.
The MAAC and the West Coast Conference will also tip off their conference tournaments. Only one game slated for the late afternoon hours, the rest of the action will take place at night.