Mann leads Belmont over Robert Morris 82-71 in NIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - J.J. Mann scored 25 points and Belmont beat Robert Morris 82-71 on Friday night to reach the third round of the NIT.
Mann, the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, made seven of eight free throws in the final 1:21 to finish off the short-handed Colonials. Belmont's last 11 points came at the foul line, where the Bruins shot 24 of 25 for the game.
Belmont, the Ohio Valley regular-season champion, will play the winner of Sunday's game between Illinois and Clemson with a trip to Madison Square Garden on the line.
Drew Windler added 18 points for the fifth-seeded Bruins (26-9) and Craig Bradshaw scored 17.
Karvel Anderson led No. 8 seed Robert Morris with 23 points. Lucky Jones had 15 and Anthony Myers-Pate 14.
Robert Morris (22-14) had only seven players available but led by as many as six points in the first half. Belmont trailed 25-19 before scoring 14 consecutive points in a span of 4:37.