NEW YORK -- Jamal Olasewere scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Long Island University past Central Connecticut State 69-67 on Sunday to advance to the Northeast Conference championship game.
The top-seeded Blackbirds (26-5) have won 12 straight games and 20 of their last 21 heading into the title game on Wednesday night.
Jason Brickman hit a 3-pointer with 1:50 left before halftime, giving Long Island its first lead, 28-26, and hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining in the game to extend the Blackbirds' lead to 68-65 and seal the victory. Brickman also finished with 16 points.
The Blue Devils (19-12) led by as many as 11, 15-4, early in the opening half, but went 6 for 17 from the floor (35.3 percent) to close out the half.