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Career-high 35 from Pryor not enough for Robert Morris in loss to Oakland

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Max Hooper came off the bench and drained eight 3-pointers to help lead Oakland to a 92-74 victory over Robert Morris Saturday at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

Hooper finished 8-for-17 from beyond the arc, including a 5-for-11 performance in the second half, in scoring a team-high 24 points for the Golden Grizzlies (4-3). In dropping their second straight, the Colonials slipped to 1-8 overall on the 2015-16 campaign.

Oakland jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of layups from Percy Gibson and a jumper by Jalen Hayes, but RMU responded by scoring the next seven points of the contest to jump in front, 7-6. Senior guard Rodney Pryor hit a pair of jumpers, while freshman guard Matty McConnell drained a three-pointer.

The Golden Grizzlies grabbed a 17-12 advantage at the 13:30 mark of the first half after a Hooper triple, but an 8-0 spurt that featured four points from both Pryor and junior forward Billy Giles pushed Robert Morris back in front, 20-17.

Hooper drilled a three-pointer to tie the game, 20-20, before Pryor scored a layup and Giles scored four points, including a dunk off a feed from freshman guard Jordan Lester, to help the Colonials jump in front, 26-20.

Gibson would pull Oakland to within 28-26 with a layup off a feed from Kay Felder with 6:09 to go before halftime, but Robert Morris used a 9-2 run to grab its biggest lead of the contest, 37-28. Freshman guard Isaiah Still ignited the run with a three-pointer, while Pryor capped it with a dunk.

RMU went cold after grabbing its nine-point lead, finishing out the half just 1-for-6 from the field, and the Golden Grizzlies were able to grab a one-point advantage at the break thanks to a 12-2 surge. Felder was the main offensive force for Oakland, scoring nine consecutive points.

OU stretched its lead to 52-47 early in the second half after Felder connected from deep, and a 14-1 run midway through the stanza allowed the Golden Grizzlies to open up a 68-53 cushion with 8:46 to play.

"One of the things we stressed coming into this game was about giving a complete effort for 40 minutes," Toole said. "I thought for the most part we did that. Obviously, it isn't the result you want, but we had good energy and kept that up the whole game. We got a little ahead of ourselves offensively, and that translated to poor execution on defense."

Joining Hooper in double figures for Oakland was Felder, Gibson and Hayes. Felder scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, Gibson registered a double-double thanks to 16 points and 10 boards and Hayes finished with 13 points and six boards.

Robert Morris was led by Pryor, who scored a career-high 35 points on 12-for-23 shooting, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc, while going 8-for-10 at the free-throw line. He registered his third double-double of the year thanks to 12 caroms.

Giles also recorded a double-double, tying a career high with 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Still chipped in 12 points, five boards, three assists and three steals for the Colonials.

RMU now has over a week off and returns to action Monday, Dec. 14, with a 2:00 p.m. tip at Columbia.

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