Late Rally Falls Short in 65-57 Loss at Robert Morris

Moon Township, Pa. (February 24, 2011)-Robert Morris held off Mount St. Mary's, 65-57, in Northeast Conference action on Thursday night. Junior guard Lamar Trice scored a career high 24 points for the Mountaineers in the loss.

The Mount (10-20, 8-9 NEC) trailed 39-38 with 11:30 left after a Julian Norfleet bucket, but Robert Morris (15-13, 11-6 NEC) scored the next 10 points to take a 49-38 lead with 8:38 on the clock. Russell Johnson and Gary Wallace capped the run with back-to-back three-pointers.

Trailing 53-42 with 6:15 on the clock, the Mount staged a rally. Trice nailed a three-pointer and then set up Raven Barber for an alley-oop dunk that resulted in an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:46 left. Trice then hit 1-of-2 at the line to make it a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 53-49. Anthony Myers hit a three-pointer for Robert Morris on the other end, but Trice connected for his fifth three-pointer of the game to cut the lead to 56-52 with 3:16 on the clock.

Trice then hit 1-of-2 at the line to cut the deficit to 56-53 with 2:42 left, but Wallace countered with a clutch jumper to stretch the margin to five. On the next possession, Trice missed a three-pointer from the top of the key and the Colonials were able to hold on for the victory from there.

Trice finished 7-for-20 from the field and was 5-for-12 from three-point range in the game. He added four assists and four rebounds in the loss. Norfleet added nine points with Barber and Danny Thompson chipping in seven points each in the loss.

Robert Morris was led by Velton Jones, who had 12 points and four assists in the game. Johnson and Lijah Thompson added 10 points each for the Colonials in the win.

With the loss, the Mount falls into seventh place in the Northeast Conference standings with one game remaining. The Mountaineers can finish anywhere from sixth to eighth in the standings.

Mount St. Mary's shot 34.6 percent in the game while Robert Morris converted 43.4 percent of its shots. Each team had 13 turnovers in the contest.

The Mount grabbed an early 10-4 lead in the opening minutes. Norfleet and Trice each hit three-pointers during the streak. The Mount continued to hold the advantage when Norfleet hit a jumper to make the score 16-11 with 9:47 left in the half.

The Colonials responded with a 14-0 spurt to take its biggest lead of the half, 25-16, on an Anthony Myers three-pointer with 5:34 on the clock. Mount St. Mary's, however, closed the half with an 11-4 streak to cut the deficit to 29-27 at the break. Trice paced the Mount in the run with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Trice paced the Mount with 11 first-half points while Jones had 10 points for the Colonials. The Mount shot 39.1 percent in the half while committing nine turnovers. Robert Morris shot 43.3 percent and had seven first-half miscues.

The Mount closes out the regular season on Saturday, February 26, at Saint Francis (Pa.). Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.