Robert Morris hits 3s, beats Monmouth (NJ) 87-68
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) Coron Williams scored 25 points, hitting eight 3-pointers, as Robert Morris defeated Monmouth (N.J.) 87-68 Thursday night In the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament.
The third-seeded Colonials (23-9), who are seeking a league-record eighth tournament championship, made 16 3-pointers, tying their school record set against Syracuse in the 2008 NIT. They will face Wagner in Sunday's semifinals.
Williams was 3 of 6 from long range in the first half, 5 of 5 in the second. Velton Jones recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists, tying a career high, and Lucky Jones added 16 points.
After the sixth-seeded Hawks (12-20) overcame a 10-point deficit to lead 17-16, Robert Morris scored eight straight.
The Colonials led by 12 in the second half before Monmouth closed to 53-48 with 15:03 to go, but Robert Morris pulled away with a 15-2 run.
Ed Waite's 14 points led the Hawks.
Updated March 1, 2012