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Robert Morris tops Duquesne 67-63

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Duquesne narrowed a 10-point deficit to 3 with five seconds left, but ultimately fell to Robert Morris 67-63. Karvel Anderson had 17 points for Colonials while Dominique McKoy led the Dukes with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Robert Morris guard Karvel Anderson hit five 3-pointers, including two in the final 4:41, to propel the Colonials to the win at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Anderson finished with game-high 17 for the Colonials (4-7) who ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Dukes for the fourth-straight time. The Dukes shot 38.6 percent and committed 14 turnovers to fall to 3-5.

"I didn't think it was our halfcourt offense, I thought it was our transition offense that really hurt us," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We got the stops, we played quickly, but I felt we were forcing it to the rim instead of swinging the basketball. Guys were pressing and forcing it to the rim and taking bad shots and missed them."

Jeremiah Worthem added 15 points for Robert Morris, while Anthony Myers-Pate had 10 and 5 assists. Lucky Jones, the Colonials’ second-leading scorer, was held to 5 points but dished out 11 assists.

Duquesne’s Ovie Soko finished with 14 points while Jerry Jones added 10 to go along with 6 assists.

Duquesne tied the game at 39-39 on a Jerry Jones’ 3-pointer before Lucky Jones answered with one of his own followed by a Kavon Stewart layup to push the RMU lead back to five.

The Dukes cut it to two twice, but Charles Oliver answered with back-to-back 3-pointers. Oliver scored all of his 10 points in the second half.

RMU led by four with just over five minutes left when Worthem scored on a layup and Anderson followed with a big 3-pointer that made it 61-52. Anderson drilled another 3-pointer just over a minute later to make it 64-54.

Robert Morris missed the front of two one-and-ones to help DU cut it to 64-61 with 48 seconds left. Anderson made another big play when he drove and dished to Myers-Pate for a layup with two seconds showing on the shot clock to make it a five-point game with 17 seconds remaining.

Anderson then iced the game by hitting the second of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left.

"I think we broke down in the second half of the second half on their 3-point shooting," said Ferry. "We let Karvel Anderson feel comfortable.

Robert Morris, coming off a six-day layoff, hit its first five shots - including three from Worthem - to jump out to an early 17-7 lead.

Anderson's third 3-pointer made it 22-10 and a Myers-Pate layup upped the lead to 14.

A pair of Jerry Jones free throws cut the lead to single digits with 5:26 left. Tra'Vaughn White buried a deep 3-pointer from in front of the RMU bench at the horn to make it 31-29 at the half.

Duquesne heads to Loretto, Pa. to face Saint Francis on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The Colonials host Campbell on Wednesday night.

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