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Mount St. Mary's clips Colonials at home

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Robert Morris returned to the Charles L. Sewall Center Thursday after a four-game road trip and dropped a 74-70 decision to Mount St. Mary's.

In a first half that featured four ties and 12 lead changes, the Mount grabbed a 21-15 advantage at the 9:23 mark after a three-point play from Miles Wilson. RMU (9-16, 5-8 NEC) recovered and scored the next eight points of the contest to jump in front, 23-21.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Still started the spurt with a driving layup, freshman guard Clive Allen scored four points and sophomore guard Matty McConnell pushed the Colonials in front with a fastbreak layup off a steal.

Greg Alexander answered on the next possession by burying a three-pointer to give Mount St. Mary's a one-point cushion, 24-23. The back-and-forth affair continued until a 5-0 surge that featured a three-pointer from junior guard Lorenzen Wright, Jr., and a layup from Still gave Robert Morris a 32-28 lead with 2:37 left before halftime.

The Colonials didn't score the rest of the half, however, and the Mount (13-13, 11-2 NEC) grabbed a 34-32 edge at the break courtesy of a pair of three-pointers from Junior Robinson.

Mount St. Mary's kept RMU at bay in the second half, grabbing a 50-38 lead with 10:16 remaining after a jumper from Elijah Long.

The Colonials followed with a 10-2 run to close to within 52-48, but Robinson took control for the Mount, converting a three-point play, hitting a layup and going 5-for-5 at the free-throw line after a foul on a three-point attempt and a technical on the RMU bench. Mount St. Mary's again owned a 12-point cushion, 67-55, with 4:39 left.

Greg Alexander kept the lead for the Mount in double digits, 69-57, after a pair of free throws, but Robert Morris made one last charge, closing to within 69-68 with 42 seconds left thanks to an 11-0 run. Senior guard Kavon Stewart scored five points, while freshman guard Dachon Burke contributed four.

However, after Stewart's layup trimmed the deficit for the Colonials to one, he was whistled for a technical. Robinson went 1-for-2 at the line to give Mount St. Mary's a 70-68 edge, and his layup with 18 seconds to play helped seal the win.

"You really have to give Mount credit," head coach Andrew Toole said. "They did a nice job creating offense and getting their shots. We just weren't where we needed to be mentally to compete in a game like that. I could see that in practice this week. We weren't as sharp as were last week. Handling success sometimes is as tough as handling failures."

Robinson garnered game-high honors in scoring for the Mount with 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and a 9-for-11 performance at the free-throw line. He also added five assists and three steals. Alexander contributed 11 points off the bench.

Robert Morris was led by Still, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. McConnell chipped in with 13 points and a career-high six steals, Allen tied a career high with 11 points off the bench and Stewart finished with 10 points.

The Colonials conclude a two-game homestand Saturday, Feb. 11, with a 4:00 p.m. tip against Wagner.

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