Final Four Teams Set in 2019 NEAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Final Four Teams Set in 2019 NEAC Men's Basketball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – After two first round games on Tuesday evening, four teams are locked in for the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Basketball Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion Morrisville State on Feb. 23-24.

As the top seed in each division, Morrisville State and Lancaster Bible received a bye in the first round. After the conclusion of Tuesday’s divisional games, the four teams remaining were reseeded using criteria considering all conference games. Morrisville State is the No. 1 seed with a 15-1 conference record while Lancaster Bible will be the No. 2 seed after going 11-5 in NEAC play. SUNY Poly and Penn State Abington finished with a 10-6 record in conference games, but SUNY Poly won the head-to-head matchup to give the Wildcats the No. 3 seed and make the Nittany Lions the No. 4 seed.

The first semifinal game will feature No. 4 Penn State Abington versus No. 1 Morrisville State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The second semifinal will follow at 4 p.m. with No. 2 Lancaster Bible meeting No. 3 SUNY Poly. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

North Division First Round

No. 3 SUNY Cobleskill 51, No. 2 SUNY Poly 72 (Boxscore)

After taking a slight five-point lead into the half, SUNY Poly hit seven of 13 three-point attempts in the second half en route to a 72-51 win over SUNY Cobleskill in the North Division First Round contest. Sophomore forward Josh Gregory (Whitesboro, N.Y.) recorded a double-double for the Wildcats with a game-high 23 points and 18 rebounds. SUNY Poly also got a solid performance from senior guard Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) who had 19 points and nine assists in the win. SUNY Cobleskill had three players hit double-digits in points with Dashown Nelson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Daniel Owens (Albany, N.Y.) scoring 12 points apiece. The Wildcats move on to the NEAC Final Four with a 14-12 overall mark while the Fighting Tigers end the 2018-19 season with a 15-11 record.

South Division First Round

No. 3 College of Saint Elizabeth 66, No. 2 Penn State Abington 93 (Boxscore)

Penn State Abington shot 50.0 percent from the field to secure a 93-66 win over the College of Saint Elizabeth in the South Division First Round game. Abington rookie Alex Salata (Pottstown, Pa.) scored a game-high 26 points while junior forward Jordan Lomax (West Haven, Conn.) notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead their team to the victory. The Eagles were led by junior guard Jason Saldiveri (New Brunswick, N.J.) with 21 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Darnill Brown (Bordentown, N.J.) also added 10 points off the bench for the College of Saint Elizabeth. Penn State Abington moves on to the semifinals with a 14-12 overall record while the College of Saint Elizabeth sees its best season to date come to an end with a 13-12 ledger.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.