Robert Morris edges Mount, 67-66, in NEC tournament

Mountaineers end season at 13-17

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Jeremy Chappell's three-pointer with 12.3 seconds left lifted No. 5 seed Robert Morris past No. 4 seed Mount St. Mary's, 67-66, in the opening round of the Northeast Conference Tournament at Knott Arena on Thursday night. The Mount had a chance to tie on the final possession, but Joey Butler's contested shot from just inside the foul line was short, allowing Robert Morris (15-13) to earn the victory.

Mount St. Mary's grabbed a 66-64 lead with 24 seconds left after Kiel Butler converted two free throws. On the ensuing possession, Chappell made a three-pointer from the left wing for the winning shot.

The Mount (13-17) held a 62-59 advantage with 3:06 left before a 5-0 Robert Morris run gave the Colonials a 64-62 edge with 1:27 left. Kiel Butler's jumper with 1:01 on the clock tied the game and the Mount got the ball back with 41 seconds left after Robert Morris guard Derek Coleman's jumper was off the mark.

Leading 34-33 at the half, the Mount used a 9-2 run to open the second half for a 43-35 advantage. The Mount was leading 48-40 before a 10-0 Colonial spurt gave Robert Morris a 50-48 advantage with 9:34 left.

Originally published March 2, 2006, 10:04 PM EST

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