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Anderson leads Robert Morris past Bryant

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Senior guard scores 32 in road win as Colonials improve to 2-0 in NEC play.

Karvel Anderson scored 32 points, including the final nine for the Colonials, as Robert Morris edged Bryant 71-67 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 in the NEC. Anderson has scored 68 points in RMU's last two games.

Coming off a 36-point performance Thursday night at Sacred Heart, Anderson took over down the stretch for the Colonials.

His 3-pointer with 3:43 left gave Robert Morris a 65-64 lead and his jumper a minute later stretched the lead to 67-64, but Bryant answered with a trey from Dyami Starks to knot the game at 67.

Anderson had an answer of his own, draining a jumper with 38 seconds left to put RMU up by two.

The Colonials got the ball back, but Bryant forced a turnover with 18 seconds. Starks misfired on a 3-point attempt and Anderson -- who else? -- corralled the rebound and drew a foul.

He drained both free throws and Robert Morris walked out of the Chace Athletic Center in Rhode Island with a thrilling 71-67 victory Saturday afternoon.

Anderson made six shots from beyond the arc en route to his 32 points to pace all scorers. Jeremiah Worthem was the only other Robert Morris player to finish in double figures with 10 points, while Lucky Jones pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds.

Senior forward Alex Francis paced the Bulldogs (9-8, 1-1 NEC) with 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting and also grabbed eight rebounds.

The teams matched each other nearly shot-for-shot throughout the contest, with neither side taking more than a two-possession lead through the opening 12 minutes and both squads heading to the locker room knotted at 36-36.

The back-and-forth battle would continue early in the second, as the Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the game, 44-40, five minutes into the half.

A Starks 3 would be equaled by RMU's Charles Oliver to tie the game at 47-47, but Bryant took a 58-52 advantage with less than eight minutes to play in the contest. Consecutive treys from Oliver and Anderson re-knotted the game at 58-58 with just over seven minutes remaining.

Those fireworks merely set the stage for Anderson's explosive finish.

"You talk about a Player of the Year-type performance, he's had two in a row," Bryant head coach Tim O'Shea said of Anderson. "Give them a lot of credit. It was a great game, similar to the last [time we played]. We'll have another chance when we go down to Coraopolis later this month, and we'll see what happens."

The Colonials return to action Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. against St. Francis at the Sewell Center.

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