Mount St. Mary's eliminated by Robert Morris, 80-62

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

'I thought our guys just ran out of gas tonight,' Brown says

March 08, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Karon Abraham scored 19 points and defending champion Robert Morris beat Mount St. Mary's, 80-62, on Sunday night in the Northeast Conference semifinals.

The second-seeded Colonials (22-11) will play top seed Quinnipiac on Wednesday March 10 in the conference championship for a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Colonials will be playing for their seventh conference tournament title.

Rob Robinson added 14 points, Dallas Green had 11 and Velton Jones 10 for the Colonials, who had split two games this season with Mount St. Mary's and beat the Mountaineers in last year's NEC title game.

Freshman Raven Barber pulled Mount St. Mary's to within 51-48 at the 16:35 mark of the second half with a layup, but Robert Morris scored the next 13 points to open up a 64-48 edge with 9:19 remaining.

Jeremy Goode scored 20 points and Shawn Atupem added 12 for the third-seeded Mountaineers (16-15).

"I thought our guys just ran out of gas tonight," Mount coach Milan Brown said. "It's tough to swallow when you see that Robert Morris shot 53 percent and scored 80 points, because we hang our hat on defense."

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