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Robert Morris falls at Mount St. Mary's

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Mount St. Mary’s strong shooting snapped the Robert Morris Colonials brief three-game winning streak in a 70-49 rout at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md.

The Colonials are now back at 10 games under .500 (6-16) on the season and sit at 4-5 against Norheast Conference opponents.  The NEC-leading Mountaineers are 7-2 in conference play and 10-12 overall.

BK Ashe lead the way for Mount St. Mary’s, scoring 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting. The Mountaineers controlled the game from tipoff and never lost their lead due to shooting just under 50 percent from the field and from 3-point range.

Kavon Stewart, the Colonials starting point guard, was in foul trouble throughout the game, which limited Robert Morris’s chances at a comeback.

Just as Mount St. Mary’s did in their win over Robert Morris two weeks ago, a strong first half was the key to the victory.

The Mountaineers opened up a 12-4 lead after the first four minutes and then built it up to 21-8 with 11:28 left in the first half. During this stretch, Robert Morris struggled shooting, only making three out of 11 shots. The lead was mainly due to Mount St. Mary’s knocking down five of seven 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes.

Robert Morris used free throws, making 11 of 14, to cut the Mountaineer’s lead to single digits with 4:49 remaining in the first half. The Colonials worked the deficit down to seven points; however, with one second left on the shot clock and nine seconds left in the half, Stewart fouled Junior Robinson shooting a three. While Robinson only made two of the three free throws, the foul gave the Mountaineers a three possession lead.

The Colonials only made six field goals, shot 25 percent from the field, and failed to make a three in eight tries in the first half.  However, they only trailed 32 – 23 at halftime.

Similar to the first half, Mount St. Mary’s started the second half with three quick baskets aided by three Colonial turnovers. Stewart also picked up his third foul with less than two minutes into the second half, forcing Andy Toole to send him to the bench. 

Robert Morris was forced to call a timeout at the 17-minute mark once the score hit 43-26; at that point Mount St. Mary’s largest lead. The timeout followed Mountaineer’s Taylor Danaher corralling an offensive rebound and dunking the ball in between three Colonials.

Even though Robert Morris created more high percentage shots than in the first half, the Mountaineers were able to maintain their lead with rebounding and second chance points.

With a little over five minutes remaining, Mountaineers Will Miller knocked down a three, his fourth of the game, to extending his team’s lead to 20 points and finish off the Colonials.

Both Isiah Still and Matty McConnell lead the Colonials with 10 points each in 32 minutes.

Robert Morris concludes their four game road trip at St. Francis (PA) on Saturday.

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