By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
ABOUT a week away from “Selection Sunday”, Bahamians in NCAA Division I basketball concluded their regular seasons and preparare for conference tournament play while others had early exits from their respective tournaments.
Jaron Cornish and the No.2 ranked Stony Brook Seawolves were upset in the America East Quarter-finals Saturday night in a 78-72 loss to the No.7 Binghamton Bearcats. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. The senior point guard finished in double figures for the seventh time in the last nine games.
He was also involved in a controversial play down the stretch that ultimately decided the game in its final moments.
Cornish’s layup initially cut a once 18-point deficit with 32.4 seconds left in regulation. However, after a lengthy review, the blocking foul was changed to a charge and a potential three-point play became a turnover. The Bearcats followed with six points down the stretch to put the game out of reach. Charles Bain and the Robert Morris Colonials fell in the semi-finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament to No. 2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson 62-60 at Stratis Arena on Saturday.
Bain finished with 10 points, three rebounds and a pair of three pointers. It was his fourth consecutive game scoring in double figures, his longest stretch thus far this season.
Robert Morris led 59-57 with just under four minutes left to play, but the Knights outscored the Colonials 5-1 down the stretch.
Bain finished with 13 points in the Colonials’ 69-65 overtime win over St Francis-Brooklyn Bulldogs in the quarter-finals last week.
Shalonda Neely and the Jacksonville Dolphins were eliminated in the A-Sun quarter-finals in a 65-53 loss to the Liberty Flames.She finished with six points, five rebounds and three steals.
Travis Munnings concluded his regular season by leading his ULM Warhawks to a 79-62 win over the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. He finished with 23 points and seven rebounds and made 5-11 from beyond the arc.
Radshad Davis and the UT-Arlington Mavericks scored an 81-73 win over Texas State on Saturday. Davis scored seven points off the bench. Both the Mavericks and Warhawks now look ahead to the Sun Belt Conference tournament this week. The Mavericks will have the No.2 seed and receive a bye all the way to the semi-finals on Saturday. The Warhawks will face Appalachian State in Tuesday’s opening-round campus games.
Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin and the Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball team will face off against the Florida Gators in the first round of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at 10am Wednesday.
The Rebels won the previous meeting between the two teams, 76-66 on January 20.
Nathan Bain and the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks concluded their season with a 68-57 loss to the Sam Houston State Bearkats.
The loss ended SFA’s season as the ‘Jacks finished in a tie for ninth place in the final version of the Southland Conference standings. With that, the ‘Jacks missed out on a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season.