Smithfield, RI (Sports Network) - Rashad Whack tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers used a second-half surge to take down the fourth-seeded Bryant Bulldogs, 75-69, in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast Conference Tournament at Chace Athletic Center.
Shivaughn Wiggins scored 16 points for Mount St. Mary's (17-13), while Raven Barber and Julian Norfleet netted 14 points apiece. The Mountaineers will take on top-seeded Robert Morris in the semifinals on Saturday
For Bryant (19-11), Alex Francis recorded 25 points, while Dyami Starks poured in 19 points. Vlad Kondratyev and Frankie Dobbs contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Bryant controlled the first half, outshooting Mount St. Mary's from the field, 48.4 percent to 28 percent, as it took a 35-28 lead into intermission. The Mountaineers kept the game within striking distance by shooting 11-of-12 from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes.
Mount St. Mary's came storming back in the second half and used an 11-2 run to take an eight-point lead with 6:28 left. Bryant was never closer than four points of the lead the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers sealed their fate at the charity stripe with an outstanding 26-of-27 showing.