FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON STORMS BACK TO TOP WAGNER FOR #NECMBB CROWN - Mar 9, 2016
Darian Anderson (6'1''-PG) scored 28 points and Earl Potts (6'6''-G-95) had 27 to lead Fairleigh Dickinson to an 87-79 victory over Wagner on Tuesday night in the championship game of the Northeast Conference Tournament and the Knights' fifth NCAA Tournament bid. Anderson had 18 points in the second half and Potts had 16 when the Knights took control on the way to their first NCAA bid since 2005, and the first under third-year coach Greg Herenda . Potts scored FDU's first nine points of the second half as it took the lead for good on his 3-pointer that gave the second-seeded Knights (18-14) the lead at 51-47. They were ahead by as many as 10 points, the first time on a 3 by Marques Townes with 4:15 to play. Anderson was 8 of 16 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, while Potts was 11 of 19, including 4 of 8 from long range. The Knights were 9 of 19 from 3-point range. Corey Henson (6'3''-G-96) led the top-seeded Seahawks (23-9) with 24 points, while Michael Carey Jr. (6'5''-G-93) had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Wagner finished 4 of 24 from 3-point range and 21 of 33 from the free throw line. The win was the fifth straight for the Knights and it ended Wagner's seven-game winning streak. The teams split the season series with Potts hitting a 3 at the buzzer to give the Knights an overtime win at Wagner. The game was played before a packed, sellout crowd of about 2,100 at Wagner's Spiro Sports Center and the FDU fans in attendance rushed the court at the final buzzer. The first half started and ended about as different as possible. The Seahawks opened the game on a 13-2 run, getting the ball inside the Knights' 2-3 zone for shots down low. FDU got as close as four points before the Seahawks again scored inside often to take a 31-20 lead with 3:35 left in the half. The Knights, taking advantage of Wagner turnovers, closed the half on a 13-4 run to cut Wagner's lead to 35-33. Potts closed it with a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left. Fairleigh Dickinson's Ghassan Nehme (6'3''-G) (23) celebrates after making a three point basket during the Both teams struggled from 3-point range in the first half, Wagner making 3 of 11 and the Knights just slightly better at 3 for 10.
Courtesy of Northeast Conference
NEC Tournament Final: Fairleigh Dickinson - Wagner 87-79 NEC Tournament Semifinals: Wagner - LIU Brooklyn 81-65 Fairleigh Dickinson - Mount St. Mary's 80-75
All-NEC Awards 2016 - Mar 9, 2016
All-NEC 1st Team 2016
All-Tournament MVP: Earl Potts (6'6''-G-95) of Fair Dickinson Player of the Year: Cane Broome (6'0''-PG) of Sacred Heart Defensive Player of the Year: Amdy Fall (6'7''-F) of St.Francis, NY Rookie of the Year: Marcel Pettway (6'8''-F/C-96) of Bryant Most Improved Player of the Year: Earl Potts (6'6''-G-95) of Fair Dickinson Coach of the Year: Bashir Mason of Wagner
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