Julian Boyd scored 18 points, Jason Brickman had 11 assists and Long Island University's fast-breaking Blackbirds made it two straight Northeast Conference championships with a 90-73 victory against visiting Robert Morris Wednesday night.

In a rematch of last season's NEC title game thriller, Boyd and the Blackbirds (25-8) didn't need overtime to fend off the Colonials (24-10) this year and earn another NCAA bid. And they drew New York's most famous basketball fan to their little gym on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

Spike Lee jumped from his seat, arms raised, when Boyd hit a three-pointer that put LIU up 68-54 with 6:20 remaining.

Velton Jones, RMU's leading scorer, was knocked hard to the floor in the opening minutes and appeared to come away with sore ribs. He played most of the game and scored 10 points, though he shot 3-for-12.Lehigh 82, Bucknell 77: C.J. McCollum scored 29 points and Gabe Knutson had 23 as Lehigh (24-7) defeated top-seeded Bucknell and won the Patriot League championship. Mike Muscala had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead Bucknell.

Montana 85, Weber State 66: Kareem Jamar scored 23 points to lead Montana in the Big Sky Conference tournament final. Mathias Ward added 23 points as Montana (25-6) set a team record with 14 straight wins.

Prahalis Wooden finalist

Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis of Commack, Brittney Griner of Baylor, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford are among 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to college basketball's top female player.

The finalists were announced yesterday in Los Angeles. The winner will be announced April 6.-- AP