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Bulls corral Colonials 81-66

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Jones leads RMU with 19

Javon McCrea led five players in double figures as Buffalo used a 25-6 run in the second half to pull away from the Robert Morris University men's basketball Tuesday night for an 81-66 victory at Alumni Arena.

The Colonials dropped their second straight in falling to 3-4, while the Bulls evened their record at 2-2.

Knotted, 38-38, entering the second half, Buffalo grabbed a 51-46 edge after Justin Moss converted the front end of a pair of free throws at the 13:57 mark.

RMU would climb back, as a layup from junior guard Desjuan Newton (Seattle, Wash. / Central Arizona College) and a pair of layups from senior guard Karvel Anderson (Elkhart, Ind. / Glen Oaks Community College) closed the deficit for the Colonials to 53-52.

Shannon Evans ignited the deciding surge for the Bulls with a three-pointer, and Joshua Freelove scored seven points during a run that stretched a one-point lead to 78-58 with 3:34 to play.

Buffalo was bolstered by a 25-for-39 (64.1 percent) performance at the free-throw line, the fourth time in five road games a Robert Morris opponent has visited the stripe at least 30 times.

The first half featured eight ties and 14 lead changes, with the Colonials grabbing a 25-16 lead thanks to their own work at the chalk.

Senior guard Anthony Myers-Pate (Washington, D.C. / Charis Prep) was fouled going to the basket with 9:55 to go in the first half by Will Regan, and after sinking his first free throw, the Buffalo bench was assessed a technical.

Anderson hit a pair at the line before Myers-Pate stepped back in to finish his pair and give RMU a nine-point cushion.

The technical seemed to spark the Bulls, as a 10-0 run that featured five points from Jarod Oldham pushed Buffalo back in front, 26-25.

Robert Morris weathered the surge and eventually grabbed a 32-30 lead on a three-pointer from Newton, but Buffalo came back to take a 38-34 advantage with 2:47 left before halftime on a layup by Evans.

The Colonials were able to send the game tied into intermission thanks to a jumper from Myers-Pate and a pair of free throws from junior guard Charles Oliver (Scotch Plains, N.J. / Lakeland Community College) but couldn't get over the hump in the second half.

Junior forward Lucky Jones (Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony) scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first half and also added eight rebounds and three assists to pace RMU.

Freshman forward Jeremiah Worthem (Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics & Sciences) added 13 points and four boards off the bench, while Anderson finished with 11 points and three steals. Myers-Pate also reached double figures in scoring for the Colonials with 10 points.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Bulls, as McCrea led the way with his fifth consecutive double-double to open the season thanks to 18 points and 12 caroms. Jarryn Skeete added 15 points, Oldham finished with 13, Freelove produced 12 and Regan 10.

Robert Morris continues a four-game road swing Saturday, Nov. 30, with a Noon tip at Delaware.

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