Northeast Conference Tournament Recaps|
(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Mount St. Mary's 77, Wagner 72
Staten Island, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rashad Whack scored 21 points, as the
No. 4 seed Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers earned a 77-72 win over the second-
seeded Wagner Seahawks in semifinal-round action of the Northeast Conference
Tournament at the Spiro Sports Center.
Sam Prescott and Julian Norfleet chipped in with 16 points apiece for the
Mountaineers (15-16), who will await top-seed Robert Morris in Tuesday's
Championship Game. Gregory Graves contributed 12 points and seven rebounds off
the bench in the win.
The Seahawks (19-12) saw their nine-game win streak come to a halt, despite a
game-high 26 points from Kenneth Ortiz. Marcus Burton finished with 13 points
off the bench to round out the double-figure scorers.
Mount St. Mary's shot a healthy 50 percent from the floor in the first half
and closed out the period with an 8-0 spurt to take a 35-31 lead into the
The Mountaineers never trailed in the second stanza, although Wagner hung
around and made things awfully interesting down the stretch. Trailing by three
with 19 seconds remaining, Ortiz missed a 3-pointer and Whack grabbed the
rebound. Whack went on to make four free throws in the final seconds to seal
The Mount shot an even 50 percent from the floor in each half.
Final Score: Robert Morris 60, St. Francis-PA 57
Moon Township, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Karvel Anderson scored a game-high 21
points, hitting all 12 of his attempts at the free-throw line, as the Robert
Morris Colonials held off the Red Flash of St. Francis, 60-57, in the
semifinals of the 33rd annual Northeast Conference Tournament at the Sewall
Lucky Jones chipped in with 18 points and seven rebounds for the top-seeded
Colonials (21-12) as they rebounded from a double-digit deficit in the first
half to capture the win.
The Red Flash (10-21) were paced by Earl Brown and his 18 points, to go along
with seven rebounds, while Ben Millaud-Meunier accounted for 15 points,
although the latter shot just 4-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-10 behind the 3-
point line for the tournament's sixth seed.
Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half, as the visitors
converted just 8-of-26 from the floor, including 4-of-17 on the perimeter,
compared to RMU with a meager 7-of-28 overall as it missed on all seven
chances beyond the arc. Even though St. Francis never made it to the free-
throw line in the first 20 minutes of action, it led 20-15 at the break.
In the second half the hosts turned it around with a sizzling 68.8 percent
effort from the field, not to mention 20-of-23 at the charity stripe in order
to battle back and capture the victory.
The visitors had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but a desperation 3-
pointer from long range bounced off the rim.
With the victory the Colonials, owners of the most NEC Tournament titles among
current members with seven, will now face off against Mount St. Mary's in the
championship game on Tuesday night. The fourth-seeded Mountaineers defeated
second-seeded Wagner earlier on Saturday, 77-72, in order to advance.
The Colonials won both regular-season meetings with the Mountaineers by eight
points each time.
03/08 16:54:25 ET