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William S. Paxton covers local college sports for Connecticut Post and the Hearst Media Group.

SHU picked 6th NEC preseason poll

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Dave Bike’s Sacred Heart Pioneers were voted sixth in the Northeast Conference’s preseason men’s basketball poll, which was released Tuesday morning at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Two-time defending champion Long Island University Brooklyn received nine first-place votes and earned the top spot. Robert Morris, with three first-place votes, was second followed by Wagner, Quinnipiac and St. Francis, N.Y.

Men’s poll
1. LIU Brooklyn (9)
2. Robert Morris (3)
3. Wagner
4. Quinnipiac
5. St. Francis, N.Y.
6. Sacred Heart
7. Monmouth
8. Central Connecticut
9. Mount St. Mary’s
10. Bryant
11. Fairleigh Dickinson
12. St. Francis, Pa.

All-conference team
F Ike Azotam, Jr. Quinnipiac
F Julian Boyd, Sr., LIU
F Jamal Olasewere, Sr., LIU
G. Shane Gibson, Sr., SHU
G Velton Jones, Sr., RMU

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