HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- Derek Coleman scored 26 points and had four
assists to lead Robert Morris to a 90-85 win over Quinnipiac on
Saturday in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.
The Colonials (3-4, 1-0) rallied from a 10 points down in the
Coleman made 6 of 9 field goals, including 5 of 6 3-point
attempts. Teammate Jeremy Chappell had 20 points, five assists and
four of Robert Morris' 13 steals.
Quinnipiac (4-3, 0-2) committed 26 turnovers.
Robert Morris trailed 34-31 at halftime and Quinnipiac built a
48-38 lead, but the Colonials used a 10-2 run, sparked by two
3-pointers and an assist from Coleman, to pull within 50-48. Robert
Morris took its first lead of the second half 63-51 on two Coleman
The Colonials took the lead for good 66-64 on two Chappell free
throws. Coleman scored 17 points in the second half.
Victor Akinyanju led Quinnipiac with a career-high 21 points, 11
rebounds, five blocks and three steals. John Winchester had 16
points. He made four 3-pointers, including one with 10.1 seconds
left to pull the Bobcats within 88-85. He was fouled but missed the
Robert Morris forward A.J. Jackson added 19 points and seven
rebounds, despite picking up his fourth foul less than 4 minutes
into the second half. He made two free throws with 8.9 seconds