Mount St. Mary’s upsets Robert Morris, reaches title game
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP)—Jeremy Goode scored 23 points to lead Mount St. Mary’s to an 83-65 upset of top-seeded Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals on Sunday.
The Colonials (26-7) had a school-record 14-game winning streak snapped.
Kelly Beidler added 15 points and Jean Cajou 13 in a reserve role for the fourth-seeded Mountaineers (17-14), who have won seven of their last eight games and advanced to their first NEC championship game since 1999.
Mount St. Mary’s will play Sacred Heart, a 55-49 semifinal winner over Wagner, in Wednesday’s championship game.
Jeremy Chappell had 20 points and A.J. Jackson 16 for Robert Morris, which hadn’t lost since Jan. 13. The losing margin was the largest of the season for the Colonials.
NEC player of the year Tony Lee scored 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting and committed a team-high five turnovers Robert Morris.
Mount St. Mary’s led by seven at halftime and Robert Morris got within four points, at 44-40, with 16:37 to play. The Mountaineers responded with a 9-1 run and never led by less than 10 the rest of the way.
Mount St. Mary’s shot 54.3 percent and its subs outscored Robert Morris’ reserves 30-9. Robert Morris shot 40.4 percent.
The Mountaineers’ only loss since Feb. 7 came at Robert Morris on Feb. 21.