Lucky Jones scored on a put-back with three seconds left in overtime and Robert Morris beat St. Francis NY 71-70 to clinch the NEC regular season title for the Colonials. Karvel Anderson scored 31 for RMU.
Jalen Cannon had given the Terriers a 70-69 advantage with 12.3 seconds to play by converting a three-point play thanks to a layup and foul by sophomore forward Stephen Hawkins.
Robert Morris surrendered an eight-point lead in the final two minutes as Central Connecticut State rallied to deal the Colonials their first conference loss, 74-73, Saturday afternoon at the Sewall Center.
Over the past two weeks, basketball for Robert Morris has been marred by the yearlong suspensions of four players and the ongoing absence of two more.
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The local class of 2017 boasts some of the top players in the state, and Pittsburgh Central Catholic leads with way with several exciting prospects. North Allegheny, Steel Valley and Clairton once again have top-tier talent.