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RMU falls at Youngstown State

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Road woes continue for Colonials in 84-76 loss to Penguins

Youngstown, Ohio – The Robert Morris University men's basketball team concluded a four-game road trip Wednesday night by dropping an 84-76 decision to Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center.

The Colonials, who have dropped four consecutive games for the first time since the 2004-05 season, fell to 3-6 overall on the 2013-14 campaign, while the Penguins improved to 7-3.

In a solid shooting night from both teams, Robert Morris jumped out to leads of 9-6, 16-13 and 22-18 as junior forward Lucky Jones supplied the Colonials with early offense thanks to seven points.

YSU grabbed a 23-22 advantage at the 7:23 mark of the first half when D.J. Cole hit a jumper, but senior guard Karvel Anderson answered with a 3-pointer to put the Colonials back in front, 25-22.

The Penguins responded with an 11-2 surge that featured a pair of layups from Kendrick Perry and 3-pointers from Cole and Ryan Weber to open up a 33-27 lead at the 4:23 mark of the first half, forcing Robert Morris to call a timeout.

The Colonials were able to close to within 35-33 with 2:22 left before halftime thanks to a layup from senior guard Anthony Myers-Pate, but Youngstown State was able to take a 44-39 advantage into the break thanks to 17 points in the first half from Perry, including a pair of three-pointers in the final 1:07 of the stanza.

Twice in the opening minutes of the second half the Colonials made it a one-possession game, but a 10-3 spurt gave the Penguins their first double-digit lead of the contest, 56-46 with 11:31 remaining.

The cushion for Youngstown State eventually swelled to 72-56 at the 6:03 mark of the second half after a layup from Cole before Robert Morris made one last charge late in the game.

Trailing, 80-66, with 2:53 to go, the Colonials used a 9-1 run to close to within 81-75 with 1:07 left. Jones scored seven consecutive points for RMU, while Anderson converted a pair at the free-throw line.

YSU weathered the surge by RMU and sealed the victory at the stripe, as Perry went 1-for-2 and Kamren Belin hit a pair in the final 32 seconds to hold off the Colonials.

Perry led all scorers in the game with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also added eight assists. Cole chipped in 19 points, six assists and six rebounds, while Belin added 14 points. Weber also contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Jones paced the Colonials with a career-high 24 points, converting seven of his 10 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from deep, and finishing a perfect 7-for-7 at the stripe. He also grabbed five rebounds.

Anderson recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Also finishing in double figures for Robert Morris was freshman forward Jeremiah Worthem and senior forward Mike McFadden.

Worthem recorded 12 points and a game-high eight boards, while McFadden chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

RMU returns home to the Charles L. Sewall Center for its next tilt, welcoming Toledo for a 4:00 p.m. tip Saturday, Dec. 7.

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