Le Moyne men's basketball caps off historic season with NCAA East Regional Championship

The Le Moyne men's basketball team poses for a photo following Tuesday's 75-59 win over Bloomfield to capture the East Regional Title.

Le Moyne men's basketball's historic 2017-18 season broke even more barriers Tuesday night.

For the first time in program history, the Dolphins won the NCAA East Regional Championship, advancing to the NCAA Division-II Tournament Elite Eight next week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

However, it would not come easy.

Le Moyne raced out to a 9-point lead at the half, but that lead would ultimately diminish.

The Bloomfield Bears, out of New Jersey, cut the deficit to only a single point, 54-53, midway through the second half.

But from there, the Dolphins would build on a 10-0 run to put away the Bears for good.

Tanner Hyland's game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers, led the way for the Dolphins late in the contest.

Additionally, Nottingham grad Tyquan Rolon's 11 points helped create separation when the game began to unravel.

"What an incredible game that was," Le Moyne head coach Patrick Beilein said during his post game press conference. "We credit Bloomfield, a very talented team. We needed a high level defensive performance tonight, and these guys brought that. So I'm extremely happy for them. They deserve all the credit. They worked hard from the beginning of fall workouts, to this point. They're a pleasure to coach. They're easy to coach, because they all want to win. These guys deserve all the credit.

"We'll always remember this group in winning this East Region. We're extremely happy to be going -- is it South Dakota? All I know is that we're one of eight teams left and we're one of those, so that's good," he concluded.

With the win, Le Moyne has advanced to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where it will meet West Texas A&M.

As opposed to the NCAA Division-I Tournament, the Division-II field is re-seeded once it advances to the Elite Eight.

With that being known, Le Moyne has been given a 5-seed and will meet 4-seed West Texas A&M next week.

The team will leave town on Sunday, en route to South Dakota.

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