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Rapid Reaction: Robert Morris 74, LIU Brooklyn 67

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Three important things tonight: No. 1, Robert Morris clinched a playoff spot. Big, considering there was a time it looked like the Colonials weren't going to make it. No. 2, 1,000 points for Rodney Pryor. He did it in two years after a truly disastrous junior college stint filled with injuries. So, kudos. And No. 3, Steven Whitley notched a career-high 16 points and showed his potential to be a scoring threat when he fights for layups. All good things.

Turning point: Whitley's two made free throws with about three minutes to play to launch Robert Morris' 12-9 run to win the game. Considering the free throw shooting had been pretty dicey, to say the least, this was a good momentum shift.

Game ball: Pryor. He scored 24 points and nine rebounds, just missed out on his fourth-straight double-double and joined the 1,000-point club. Not bad for someone who really did not look the same after a concussion knocked him out for three games in January.

What it means: Playoffs, man. The NEC Tournament. I don't think the Colonials' have missed it since, like, 2003. And after the tumultuous season this has been, making the tournament is close to a miracle. Maybe the team will make like last year and just pull it all together in time to make the NCAA tourney. We shall see.

What's next: St. Francis (N.Y.) at 4 p.m. Saturday. Another win could match a season-high three-game win streak, which is something.

Random shoutout: Billy Giles' adorable kid Cameron. He was pretty hilarious to watch pregame. And, shameless self-promotion, I've got a story on Billy [and] the Kid coming out Saturday. Did you see what I did there? Now y'all have to read it.

Follow me on Twitter if it tickles you. See you Saturday.

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