NCAA Game Summary - St. Francis-PA at Robert Morris
(Saturday, March 8th)
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 Center.
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 16:38:50 ET