Robert Morris College of Illinois began pulling away midway through the first half en route to an 82-62 men's victory over Allen University of South Carolina in the opening round of the six-team Association of Independent Institutions basketball tournament Friday at WVU Tech in Montgomery.
The victory moves No. 3 Robert Morris to a second-round game against No. 2 WVU Tech at 8 p.m. today.
In the other men's game Friday, No. 4 Voorhees College of South Carolina outlasted No. 5 Morris College of South Carolina 104-97.
In women's play, No. 3 Voorhees defeated No. 6 Allen 82-41 and will play No. 2 WVU Tech at 6 p.m. today. In the other women's game, No. 4 Cal State San Marcos downed No. 5 Morris 86-50 and will face No. 1 Robert Morris at 1 p.m. today.
With Robert Morris and Allen tied at 20-20 with 10:46 left in the first half, RM began a 28-9 run to build a 48-28 halftime lead and led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
Five players scored in double figures for Robert Morris, a 100-year-old school based in Chicago. Maurice Williams led the way with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting, Aubrey McAlpine added 14, Joshua Anderson had 12 and Sean Montgomery and Brian Bradley had 11 each.
Richard Johnson led Allen with 30, and Christopher Spriggs had 15.
The tournament winners go to the NAIA Division I tournament in Kansas City March 13-19.
In Friday's other men's game: