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Robert Morris turns aside St. Francis-Brooklyn for NEC crown

The top-seeded Terriers were thwarted in their bid to gain their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

RODNEY PRYOR scored 17 points and visiting Robert Morris denied St. Francis-Brooklyn its first NCAA Tournament bid, beating the Terriers, 66-63, in the Northeast Conference Tournament championship last night.

The top-seeded Terriers (23-11) got 19 points from Tyreek Jewell.

Second-seeded Robert Morris (19-15) is going back to the tournament for the first time since 2010.

In other games

At Valparaiso, David Skara scored 12 points, E. Victor Nickerson had 11 and the Crusaders (28-5) beat Green Bay, 54-44, to win the Horizon League championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

* At Sioux Falls, S.D., Lawrence Alexander had 25 points and North Dakota State (23-9) edged South Dakota State, 57-56, to win the Summit League title.

* At Las Vegas, Kyle Wiltjer had 18 points and No. 7 Gonzaga (26-9) beat BYU, 91-75, for the West Coast Conference title.


* North Carolina sophomore Kennedy Meeks is likely out of the No. 19 Tar Heels' Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opener today against Boston College because of illness.

In a women's game

* At Penn, No. 13 Princeton finished its regular season with a perfect 30-0 record with a 55-42 victory over the Quakers (20-8, 11-3 Ivy League). Alex Wheatley scored 17 points and No. 13 Princeton (14-0 Ivies) became the 15th team to enter the NCAA Tournament unbeaten.