NEW YORK – In the heart of Brooklyn, where the city game thrives amid the hipsters and cheese shops, Long Island University has built itself into New York City’s most consistent basketball program. And frankly, it’s not even close.
In a rollicking band box of a gym – not an arena, a gym – that smelled of chlorine from the nearby rec center pool, No. 3 seed LIU rolled No. 5 Mount St. Mary’s, 91-70, for the NEC title Tuesday night.
The students stormed the floor at the Wellness and Recreation Center – affectionately known as the WRAC –- to celebrate the school’s third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
LIU’s blowout win highlighted the school’s unconventional way of winning big in New York – recruiting kids far away from the five boroughs. Only two of LIU’s players are from New York.