TribLIVE

| Home


Weather Forecast
 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lehigh routs Robert Morris in NIT Season Tip-Off

College Football Videos

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 10:46 p.m.
 

Lehigh sailed past Robert Morris on Monday night, 89-60, and will face Pitt on Tuesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Petersen Events Center with a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on the line.

Robert Morris (0-2) trailed almost the entire game against Lehigh (1-1), which memorably knocked off Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, who withdrew from the NBA Draft in April to come back for his senior year, led with 19 points. Four other Lehigh players scored in double figures.

Junior forward Mike McFadden led Robert Morris with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and junior forward Vaughn Morgan and senior guard Velton Jones each finished with 12 points.

The Colonials scored first and had an 8-7 lead four minutes into the first half.

Lehigh called a timeout and responded with a steal and a layup by McCollum. A 3-pointer by Holden Greiner built the lead to four points.

Despite outrebounding Lehigh and shooting 41 percent, Robert Morris trailed, 17-10, approaching the midway point of the first half. The Colonials' six turnovers had turned into seven points for Lehigh, and the Mountain Hawks turned it on shortly thereafter.

Robert Morris' Morgan hit a free throw to get within six, but that was as close as the Colonials would come the rest of the half.

Lehigh went on a 16-5 run to lead by 17 points with four minutes to go in the half, and led, 38-23, at the break.

Robert Morris' shooting percentage dropped to 32 percent by halftime, including a 1-of-10 performance from 3-point range.

The Mountain Hawks, picked to win the Patriot League in the conference preseason poll, were coming off a 99-77 loss at No. 19 Baylor to open the season.

Robert Morris dropped its first contest of the season against Rider, 79-54, on Friday. The Colonials will face Fordham in the early game Tuesday.

This is the first appearance for Robert Morris and Lehigh in this tournament, formerly the Preseason NIT. Lehigh is seeded fifth in the 16-team event, in between No. 4 Pitt and No. 6 Robert Morris.

The Mountain Hawks are 5-3 all-time against Pitt. All eight games took place between 1912 and 1920.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7980 or kprice@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers defense must replace three injured starters
  2. Pirates notebook: Volquez open to re-signing with team
  3. Steelers notebook: Running game kept Panthers guessing
  4. Gubernatorial debate features incumbent in need of win vs. wealthy businessman running as an outsider
  5. Penguins notebook: Crosby gets early work
  6. Root Sports prepares for Pitt/WVU telecast overlap
  7. Rossi: State of NFL gives Steelers a chance
  8. Port Authority bus drives over embankment; driver only one aboard
  9. Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase real estate tax rate
  10. At least 40 Iraqi soldiers killed in Islamic State strike; dozens captured
  11. NFL notebook: QB-strapped Bucs hold tryout for Pryor
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.