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Reed leads Robert Morris comeback over Mount St. Mary's

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Reed scores 21, Pryor 17 as Colonials improve to 5-2 in NEC

Emmitsburg, MD – Freshman guard Marcquise Reed's 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds to go sent the game to overtime and Robert Morris held Mount St. Mary's scoreless in the extra frame en route to a 63-59 win Thursday night at Knott Arena.

In garnering its third straight road win, RMU improved to 9-10 overall on the 2014-15 campaign, including 5-2 in the Northeast Conference, while the Mount dipped to 8-10 and 4-3 in league play.

Gregory Graves converted a layup with 4:06 to play in regulation to give Mount St. Mary's a 56-49 advantage, but the Colonials closed the second half on a 10-3 run to tie the game and send it to overtime. Freshman forward Andre Frederick started the surge with a dunk off a feed from Reed, and senior guard David Appolon buried a 3-pointer from the corner at the 2:47 mark of the second half to pull Robert Morris to within 56-54.

Kalid Nwandu drew fouls on consecutive possessions for the Mount but hit just two of his four attempts at the free-throw line to give Mount St. Mary's a 58-54 advantage before Reed hit a pair of his own at the chalk to trim RMU's deficit to 58-56.

Robert Morris had an opportunity to tie the game with under 30 seconds to play, but senior forward Lucky Jones had his jumper blocked by Kristin Krajina. Krajina was fouled on the play and hit one of his two attempts at the stripe with 21.3 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Mount a 59-56 cushion.

Reed followed by burying a 3-pointer in front of an outstretched Krajina to tie the score, 59-59, and Will Miller missed a 3-pointer on the next possession for Mount St. Mary's to send the tilt to the extra frame.

The Mount shot 0-for-8 in overtime, and junior guard Rodney Pryor gave the Colonials the lead, 61-59, with a jumper with 3:23 to play. Mount St. Mary's missed four shots in the final minute, including a driving layup by Junior Robinson that was rejected by freshman forward Elijah Minnie.

Appolon sealed the win at the free-throw line by going 2-for-4 at the chalk in the final 24 seconds.

"Our guys stepped up and defended, especially in overtime," head coach Andrew Toole. "We made it difficult by contesting their shots. We've been talking all year long about continuing to fight, and tonight we did that."

Reed led all scorers in the contest with 21 points. He finished 6-for-14 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free-throw line. Pryor added 17 points for Robert Morris.

Appolon added seven points, five rebounds and two assists, while Minnie returned to the rotation with five points, a team-high six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Mount St. Mary's was led by Graves, who posted 16 points and eight rebounds, while Byron Ashe contributed 13 points.

RMU closes out a two-game road swing Saturday, Jan. 24, with a 4:00 p.m. tip against St. Francis Brooklyn at the Pope P.E. Center in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3.

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