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Robert Morris falls to St. Francis-PA

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Marcquise Reed scores 22 points in 66-59 loss

Robert Morris opened up a three-game road trip Monday night with a 66-59 loss to Saint Francis U. at DeGol Arena. In dropping their fifth straight road game, the Colonials slipped to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the Northeast Conference, while the Red Flash improved to 8-5 and 2-0 in league play.

The Red Flash rode the 3-point shooting of Ollie Jackson in jumping out to a 15-4 advantage less than six minutes into the game, as Jackson connected for a trio of triples. Dominique Major then took over from beyond the arc, hitting a pair, while Ben Millaud-Meunier also hit from deep to give SFU a commanding 28-10 lead at the 9:09 mark of the first half.

RMU rebounded, closing the half on a 16-3 surge to trim its deficit to 31-26 at halftime. During the run, the Colonials shot 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from the field as freshman guard Marcquise Reed scored eight points and junior forward Stephan Bennett added a jumper and a pair of free throws.

Ronnie Drinnon scored the first seven points after the break for Saint Francis U., and his three-point play with 17:15 to play gave the Red Flash a 38-32 advantage.

Robert Morris hung around, stringing together an 11-5 spurt to climb out of an 18-point deficit and tie the game, 43-43, with 14:08 to play. Senior forward Lucky Jones started the run with a jumper, while junior guard Rodney Pryor capped the surge with a jumper and a layup.

SFU called timeout, and out of the break Millaud-Meunier pushed the Red Flash back in front, 45-43, with a layup on an assist from Malik Harmon. Freshman forward Elijah Minnie would score a layup on RMU's ensuing possession on a feed from Jones to again knot the score, 45-45, but Millaud-Meunier came through again with another layup to keep the Colonials at bay.

Robert Morris tied the game once more, 49-49, which came with 9:46 left when sophomore guard Kavon Stewart connected for RMU's only three-pointer of the night. Despite tying the game for a third time, the Colonials could never get over the hump.

Jones pulled RMU to within 57-56 with a layup with 3:26 to play, and after a missed jumper by Drinnon, the Colonials had two chances to grab their first lead. However, a three-pointer by Pryor was off the mark and after Jones grabbed the offensive carom and fed Pryor underneath, his layup attempt when in and came out.

Both teams converted once at the stripe until just under a minute left, when Earl Brown scored in the paint to give the Red Flash a 60-57 cushion. SFU sealed the victory by going 6-for-6 at the stripe in the final 42 seconds.

"Tip your cap to Saint Francis," head coach Andrew Toole said. "They deserved the win tonight. They came out with energy in building a lead and played better down the stretch. I'm proud of our guys for fighting back after getting down early, but you can't put yourself in that big of a hole, especially on the road."

Reed paced the Colonials with a game-high 22 points, finishing 8-for-9 shooting from the field while going 6-for-6 at the chalk. He also added three steals. Bennett added 10 points off the bench for Robert Morris.

Saint Francis U. was led by Drinnon, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Brown and Millaud-Meunier each contributed 14 points, while Jackson finished with 10.

RMU continues its road trip Thursday, Jan. 8, with a 9:00 p.m. tip against Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center on Staten Island, N.Y., in a game that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

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