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Robert Morris women open NEC tourney with victory

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By Staff and Wire Reports,
Sunday, March 4, 2012

Artemis Spanou, Mary Durojaye and Josette Campbell all had double-doubles Saturday, but the last 15 minutes of Robert Morris' NEC Tournament quarterfinal victory against rival St. Francis (Pa.) belonged to Briannica Tye.

The point guard scored 25 of her career-high 27 points in the second half, and Robert Morris rallied to win, 92-82, at Sewall Center. The Colonials scored 59 of their points in the second half after trailing, 39-33, at halftime. Their 92 points tied a tournament record.

Robert Morris (18-12) trailed most of the game until Tye scored to put the Colonials ahead, 55-54, with 9:35 to play. She added 11 of her team's next 12 points to lead Robert Morris on a 21-9 run. The advantage would grow to 14 with 1:41 left.

"When she keeps her cool, she's outstanding," Robert Morris coach Sal Buscaglia said of Tye, who was whistled for her fourth foul early in the second half. "She's a clutch-game type of player."

Spanou had 25 points and 14 rebounds, going 13 of 18 from the free-throw line. Durojaye finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Campbell had 17 and 12 for her first double-double.

Five players finished in double figures for St. Francis (14-16), led by Alli Williams' 17.

Next up for Robert Morris is No. 1 seed Sacred Heart on Tuesday. The Colonials lost both games to the Pioneers this season, including in overtime Monday in the final game of the regular season.

• West Virginia 63, Syracuse 48 -- In Hartford, Conn., Asya Bussie scored 13 points to send the Mountaineers to the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.

The fifth-seeded Mountaineers (22-8) won their opening game in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year and held the 12th-seeded Orange (18-14) to their third-lowest point total. West Virginia will face fourth-seeded Georgetown in today's quarterfinals.

• Temple 64, Duquesne 55 -- In Philadelphia, the Dukes led by eight in the second half before the second-seeded Owls surged into the Atlantic 10 semifinals.

No. 7 seed Duquesne (20-11) took a 39-31 lead on Orsi Szecsi's jumper with 14:25 left, but Temple (21-8) responded by scoring 20 of the game's next 25 points.

Wumi Agunbiade led the Dukes with 21 points. Alex Gensler added 13, and Szecsi had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Shey Peddy paced Temple with 30 points.



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