CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- Jeremy Chappell tied a season-high with 25 points as Robert Morris advanced to the Northeast Conference championship game for the first time in nine years with a 75-48 win over Quinnipiac on Sunday.
Bateko Francisco and Jimmy Langhurst added 12 points each for the top-seeded Colonials (23-10), who will be looking to add to their NEC-record five league titles when they host Wednesday night's title game against the winner of the Sacred Heart-Mount St. Mary's, Md. game later Sunday. The tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.James Feldeine had 16 points to lead the No. 5 seed Bobcats (15-16), who had won four of their past five and seven of 10 but went 0-3 against regular-season conference champion Robert Morris this season.The Colonials, who have won 17 of their last 20 games, never trailed and shot 58.8 percent from the field. Robert Morris went on a 11-0 run that spanned halftime to take control of the game, then added a 22-4 second-half run to extend the lead to a game-high 32 at 71-39.Chappell, who had 17 points in the first half, made five 3-pointers and added eight rebounds.The Bobcats made only two 3-pointers and five second-half field goals and committed 19 turnovers, and lost despite a 35-21 edge in rebounds.