As he broke away uncontested to the basket midway through the second half with his team already leading by double digits, Mount St. Mary's guard Rashad Whack saw his dunk attempt hit off the back iron of the rim, only for it to find its way through the net.
It was already down 45-29 at that point, but in case Robert Morris needed another sign, Whack's dunk was a reminder -- in almost any respect, it simply wasn't the Colonials' day.
Utilizing a tenacious man-to-man defense in the half court that complemented its typical full-court pressure, Mount St. Mary's continued its late season run, upsetting top-seeded Robert Morris, 69-60, Saturday at the Sewall Center in the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals.
It was the ninth consecutive win for the Mountaineers (18-13) and their 11th victory in their last 12 games. Whack led all players in scoring with a 26 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including a 4 of 5 mark from 3-point range, with guard Sam Prescott adding 15.
With the win, they advance to Tuesday's championship game at LIU Brooklyn, which defeated Wagner earlier in the day.
The Colonials (23-10) cut the lead to as few as six points with a minute remaining in the game, but Mount St. Mary's was able to withstand the charge.
The conference's best 3-point shooting team entering the game, Robert Morris made only 5 of its 19 attempts from beyond the arc (26.3 percent) and routinely had trouble finding open looks.
By virtue of finishing first in the NEC in the regular season, the Colonials assured themselves of a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, with their matchup being announced Sunday.
Guard Anthony Myers-Pate scored a season-high 13 points for Robert Morris, with forward Lucky Jones pitching in 10.mobilehome - breaking - rmusports
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