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Robert Morris surges past Sacred Heart for fifth straight victory

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Colonials match best start in school history in Northeast Conference play at 5-0

Moon Township, PA - Six players scored in double figures and Robert Morris stretched its winning streak to five Thursday thanks to a 91-65 victory over Sacred Heart at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

RMU evened its overall record at 10-10 with the win and matched its best start in Northeast Conference play in school history at 5-0, while the Pioneers slipped to 4-16 overall and 1-4 in league play. Robert Morris also started the 1990-91 and 2005-06 seasons 5-0 in conference play.

Louis Montes buried a three-pointer just 21 seconds into the game to give Sacred Heart an early 3-2 lead, but the Colonials responded with a 14-2 run that opened up their first double-digit lead of the contest, 16-5.

Sophomore forward Stephan Hawkins scored the first seven points of the contest for Robert Morris, while senior guard* Karvel Anderson converted a three-point play to give RMU an 11-point advantage.

Sacred Heart weathered the storm and pulled to within three, 18-15, thanks to a 10-2 surge of its own as Steve Glowiak came off the bench to score eight points for the Pioneers, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Hawkins came through with a dunk off a feed from freshman guard Kavon Stewart to push RMU's advantage to 20-15, and the Colonials were able to keep the Pioneers at bay.

A 3-pointer from Phil Gaetano of SHU with 5:42 left before halftime made it 32-26 in favor of Robert Morris, but a 16-5 surge gave the Colonials a 48-31 advantage with 37 seconds left before the break. Five different players scored for RMU, including four points at the stripe from Stewart and a pair of layups from Anderson.

Robert Morris owned a 15-point lead at intermission, 48-33, and never were threatened in the second half, owning its largest lead with 5:14 to play when senior guard Anthony Myers-Pate gave the Colonials an 86-54 cushion thanks to converting a pair at the free-throw line.

The Colonials received a balancing scoring attack, as junior forward Lucky Jones led the way by recording his second straight double-double and fifth of his career with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He finished 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 7-for-9 at the free-throw line and also posted two assists and two steals.

Anderson added 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while junior guard Charles Oliver contributed 13 points off the bench.

Hawkins tied a career high with 12 points and grabbed four boards, while Stewart and Myers-Pate each finished with 11 points. Stewart also recorded a team-high five assists and a pair of steals while tying a career high in points.

As a team, RMU shot 53.6 percent (30-for-56) from the field and 75 percent (27-for-36) at the charity stripe while owning a 31-29 advantage on the glass.

Louis Montes led all scorers in the game with 23 points for Sacred Heart, while Glowiak added 14 points off the bench.

Robert Morris continues a four-game homestand Saturday, Jan. 25, with a 4:00 p.m. tip against Wagner at the Sewall Center.

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