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Robert Morris survives late Sacred Heart comeback

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Colonials go cold but hang on for 68-63 win

Despite a late rally from the Sacred Heart Pioneers, the Colonials were able to prevail and leave Fairfield, CT with a win, moving them into first place in the Northeast Conference.

RMU was in control from the tip-off, taking a 7-0 lead and maintaining a comfortable lead for most of the game. Karvel Anderson, who contributed 31 minutes off the bench, led Robert Morris with 13 points, nine of those coming from behind the arc. Anthony Myers-Pate finished with 11 points for the Colonials. Lucky Jones and Mike McFadden both scored 10.

However, the Pioneers quietly kept themselves in the game, and erased a 14-point first half deficit to only trail 30-27 at halftime. Their late half run was capped by a Louis Montes dunk with 14 seconds remaining. He had a team-high nine first half points.

Although momentum seemed to be shifting toward the home team, the Colonials kept their poise and recaptured control of the game. With offensive spark from Anderson in the second half, they led by 16 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.

Following two Colonials’ free throws with 3:49 left, the Pioneers caught fire, going on a 15-1 with three 3-pointers from shooting guard Shane Gibson, who had a team-high 17 points.

With Robert Morris leading 65-63, Jones went one of two from the line to increase the lead to three, but giving the Pioneers one last shot with nine seconds remaining. 

But with two Sacred Heart misses and two Robert Morris conversions from the free throw line, the Colonials escaped with the victory.

RMU has now won four of their last five contests.  

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