March 11, 2009

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP)--Dallas Green picked up a loose ball and made a hurried shot with 2.5 seconds remaining for his only basket of the game, and regular-season champion Robert Morris shook off its tournament jinx against Mount St. Mary's for a 48-46 victory Wednesday night in the Northeast Conference championship game.

Jeremy Chappell scored 15 points as Robert Morris (24-10), rallying from five points down in the second half to beat the 2008 champion Mountaineers (19-13) for the third time this season, withstood a ragged performance on its home court to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.

Each of the previous two seasons, the Colonials swept the regular season series from Mount St. Mary's, only to lose to the Mountaineers on their home court.