Dallas Green deflected a potential game-winning shot then sank two free throws with 7 seconds left as Robert Morris defeated Quinnipiac, 52-50, at Hamden, Conn., and earned its second straight NCAA bid.
Freshman Karon Abraham scored 16 points to lead the Colonials (23-11), and Green and Russell Johnson each added nine. This will be Robert Morris' seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament.
James Feldeine had 17 points for Quinnipiac (23-9), which was seeking its first conference title, but will settle for a berth in the NIT. Justin Rutty, the NEC Player of the Year, added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Green got a piece of Feldeine's three-point jumper with 10 seconds left and Robert Morris leading 50-48. His free throws gave the Colonials a four-point lead, and they held on for the win.
Robert Morris held Quinnipiac to 35 percent shooting and six second-half field goals.
"Out of one-bid leagues, the team that finishes first or second in field-goal percentage defense goes to the NCAA Tournament," Rice said. "If you don't defend in these one-bid leagues, you don't have a chance."
Montana 66, Weber State 65: Anthony Johnson scored 34 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, leading Montana back from a 22-point deficit and into the NCAA Tournament with a win in Ogden, Utah.
Derek Selvig added 12 points and Brian Qvale pulled down 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies (22-9), who will return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since last winning the Big Sky in 2006.
After committing 14 turnovers in the first half, Montana had just six in the second, slowly chipping away until Johnson hit what turned out to be the winning shot, a short jumper with 10 seconds left.
Damian Lillard scored 16 to lead top-seeded Weber State (20-10).
Johnson scored Montana's last 21 points, taking over after Selvig got Montana within 51-45 on a reverse layup with about 10:30 left to play.