Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - C.J. Garner netted 30 points for the second straight game to lead the Long Island Blackbirds to a 91-83 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center.
NEC player of the year Jamal Olasewere added 20 points for Long Island (18-13), which advanced to the semifinals to face Wagner. Brandon Thompson and Jason Brickman scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Ousmane Drame led Quinnipiac (15-16) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Evan Conti and Ike Azotam scored 14 points apiece while Jamee Jackson had 10 points and nine boards.
Drame provided a boost for Quinnipiac off the bench with 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The Bobcats shot 11-of-12 as a team from the foul line and outrebounded Long Island, 21-14, en route to a 47-43 halftime edge.
QU led 75-68 with 6:17 left in the game after a Conti triple, but the home team responded with seven consecutive points to knot the score. With the score tied at 80-80, LIU ran off 11 of the last 14 points, including a breakaway dunk by Kenny Onyechi with less than a minute left.
LIU won despite being outrebounded, 47-32.