|Mount St. Mary's||R Whack 14.0||S Prescott 4.1||J Castellanos 3.2|
|Long Island||J Olasewere 19.0||J Olasewere 8.5||J Brickman 8.5|
Long Island battles Mount St. Mary's in the championship of the NEC Tournament at Athletic, Recreation & Wellness Center on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Blackbirds lost to the Mountaineers 83-71 on Feb. 21 and are 7-3 against them over the last four years.
In their last outing, behind 23 points and five assists from C.J. Garner, the Blackbirds defeated Wagner 94-82 on Mar. 9. On top of a team-high 1.5 steals per game, he also scores 15.6 points per game. For the Mountaineers, Rashad Whack put up 26 points and five rebounds in the 69-60 win over Robert Morris on Mar. 9. With 14.0 points per game and 2.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Long Island looks to have the advantage in two significant areas. The Blackbirds have the upper hand over the Mountaineers in rebounding, 35.3 per game to 29.2 per game. Long Island also has an advantage in scoring, 79.1 points per game to 69.8 points per game.
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- The Long Island scoring leader (Jamal Olasewere, 558 points) has more points than the Mount St. Mary's scoring leader (Rashad Whack, 408 points).
- Long Island has a potent offense, scoring more points (78.6 per game vs. 69.8 per game) than Mount St. Mary's this season.
- Long Island players are more experienced than Mount St. Mary's players (18,484 minutes played vs. 14,914 minutes played).
- Jason Brickman is ranked 1st nationally in assists.
- Long Island is a better shooting team (47.4 percent vs. 43.0 percent) than Mount St. Mary's this season.
- The Long Island assist leader (Jason Brickman, 262 assists) has more assists than the Mount St. Mary's assist leader (Julian Norfleet, 93 assists).
- That must sting. Long Island has blown out Mount St. Mary's by 20 points or more on eight occasions since 1996.
- Long Island has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (62.9 percent to 45.8 percent).
- Long Island has more wins over the last 5 years than Mount St. Mary's (115 vs. 90).
- Long Island is a better three-point shooting team (37.8 percent vs. 33.7 percent) than Mount St. Mary's this season.
- The Long Island rebounding leader (Jamal Olasewere, 242 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Mount St. Mary's rebounding leader (Sam Prescott, 121 rebounds).