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Colonials close out Red Flash 73-68

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Robert Morris closes game on 19-3 run to climb out of 11-point deficit

Moon Township, PA – Robert Morris closed the game on a 19-3 run to post its third straight win Thursday night with a 73-68 victory over in-state rival Saint Francis at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

The Colonials improved to 8-10 overall and 3-0 in the Northeast Conference, while the Red Flash slipped to 3-13 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Dominique Major gave SFU a 65-54 lead at the 4:40 mark of the second half with his third three-pointer of the contest, which capped a 26-4 run that allowed the Red Flash to turn an 11-point deficit into an 11-point advantage.

RMU stemmed the tide with 4:19 to play, as a 3-pointer from junior forward Lucky Jones ignited the final surge.

Earl Brown would hit the back end of a pair of attempts at the free-throw line with 4:01 remaining to give Saint Francis a 66-57 edge, but Jones came back with a pair of his own at the chalk to make it 66-59 with 3:42 to go.

Ollie Jackson turned the ball over on SFU's next possession, and freshman forward Jeremiah Worthem connected from beyond the arc to pull the Colonials to within 66-62.

The Colonials defense then forced a Red Flash shot-clock violation to get the ball back. Senior guard Karvel Anderson trimmed the deficit for Robert Morris to 66-65 thanks to his fifth triple of the contest, and after another turnover by SFU, senior guard Anthony Myers-Pate pushed the Colonials back in front, 67-66, with a jumper from the wing.

Saint Francis had an opportunity to grab the lead back, but Brown missed a pair at the free-throw line with 1:13 remaining. RMU stretched its advantage to 69-66 on its next possession, as sophomore forward Aaron Tate scored a layup on a feed from Myers-Pate.

Ronnie Drinnon converted a layup off a feed from Ben Millaud-Meunier with 38 seconds to play to trim SFU's deficit to 69-68, and Major followed by fouling Anderson with 13.2 seconds to go. Anderson hit both free throws to extend RMU's advantage to 71-68, and on SFU's next possession Myers-Pate fouled Malik Harmon with 5.1 seconds left.

Harmon missed the front end of the one-on-one, with Worthem coming down with the rebound. He was immediately fouled and hit both of his attempts at the chalk to seal the victory.

Anderson led all scorers in the game with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. He also finished 5-for-6 at the free-throw line and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Also finishing in double figures for the Colonials were Jones and Worthem, who combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jones tallied 12 points and six boards, while Worthem contributed 12 points and five caroms.

Harmon paced the Red Flash with 21 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Millaud-Meunier added 17 points off the bench on the strength of a 5-for-8 performance from beyond the arc. Brown chipped in with 11 points and a game-high seven boards, while Drinnon finished with 10 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting.

Robert Morris returns to the road for its next tilt, visiting Emmitsburg, Md., for a 2:00 p.m. tip Saturday, Jan. 18, against Mount St. Mary's at Knott Arena.

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