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Robert Morris drops home finale to St. Francis-Brooklyn

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Yunus Hopkinson and Tyreek Jewell combined for 46 points to help lift St. Francis Brooklyn to an 82-72 victory over Robert Morris Saturday at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

Hopkinson led all scorers in the game with 24 points and drained six three-pointers, while Jewell added 22 points to help the Terriers improve to 13-16 overall on the 2015-16 campaign, including 9-7 in the Northeast Conference. RMU slipped to 9-20 overall and 7-9 in league play.

Trailing, 37-34, entering the second half, St. Francis Brooklyn opened the second half with a 17-6 run to in the first five minutes to grab a 53-43 advantage. Hopkinson and Jewell each connected twice from beyond the arc during the surge.

Jewell would make it 58-48 in favor of the Terriers at the 10:42 mark of the second half thanks to a jumper before Robert Morris scored six straight points to close its deficit to 58-54. Senior guard Rodney Pryor and junior forward Billy Giles each score on layups, while freshman guard Steven Whitley converted a jumper in the lane.

St. Francis Brooklyn was able to keep RMU at bay, eventually grabbing its biggest lead of the contest, 68-57, with 3:55 remaining on a layup from Jewell.

The Colonials kept within striking distance, using an 11-3 spurt to make it a one-possession contest, 71-68, with 2:37 to play. Robert Morris did most of its damage during the run at the free-throw line, as freshman guard Isaiah Still went 4-for-4 at the stripe while Pryor hit a pair. Freshman guard Matty McConnell capped the run by connecting from deep after a turnover by Dagur Jonsson and a steal from Pryor.

On its next possession, St. Francis Brooklyn was forced into a team turnover, and junior guard Kavon Stewart was sent to the stripe after a foul by Hopkinson with 1:53 to go. Stewart missed the front end of the one-on-one, and the Terriers were able to seal the victory by going 11-for-12 at the free-throw line in the final 1:27.

"Hopkinson has been playing incredibly well as of late," head coach Andrew Toole said. "He hit some three-pointers tonight. We needed to get him off the line, but we didn't. I'm not sure if we focus on defense enough. It's important we defend regardless of what the score is."

Pryor led the Colonials in his final home game at the Sewall Center with 14 points while also recording five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Giles chipped in 13 points and a pair of blocks, while Still returned to the rotation after missing three games and contributed 12 points on the strength of an 8-for-10 performance at the chalk.

Robert Morris shot 60 percent (15-for-25) from the floor in the first half but was just 11-for-28 (39.3%) shooting after the break, including 1-for-7 from international waters.

RMU will conclude its 2015-16 regular season with a pair of road games, visiting Sacred Heart Thursday, Feb. 25, and Wagner Saturday, Feb. 27.

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