Northeast Conference Tournament Recaps|
(Tuesday, March 10)
Final Score: Robert Morris 66, St. Francis-NY 63
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - For the eighth time in program history and
first under fifth-year head coach Andy Toole, Robert Morris is going dancing.
Rodney Pryor led five players in double figures with 17 points, helping the
second-seeded Colonels to a 66-63 win over St. Francis-NY to claim the NEC
crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Elijah Minnie finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and Lucky
Jones had 12 points -- none bigger than his two free throws in the final
seconds -- for Robert Morris (19-14), which last made the NCAA Tournament in
St. Francis trailed by three and was out of timeouts after Jones hit his free
throws with 13 seconds to play. Terriers' guard Yunus Hopkinson missed an open
3 from the left wing at the other end, then Tyreek Jewell chased down the
offensive rebound and got fouled shooting from deep.
Jewell could have tied the game, but he was off the mark on all three of his
free throws. Jones then stepped up to the line with a chance to ice it. He
missed both free throws as well, and Lowell Ulmer's full-court heave hit back
iron and bounced off.
RMU had reached the title game three previous times under Toole and lost all
Jewell scored 19 points to lead St. Francis (23-11), and Jalen Cannon finished
with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Kavon Stewart and Marcquise Reed gave 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the
Colonials ... St. Francis has never made the NCAA Tournament ... St. Francis
won the rebounding margin 46-23 ... Robert Morris has won six straight games
heading into Selection Sunday.
03/10 21:28:02 ET