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Robert Morris falls to Bryant 71-68

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Marcquisse Reed has 20 points and Lucky Jones adds 19 and 8 rebounds in loss

Moon Township, PA – Robert Morris had its season-high four-game winning streak snapped Saturday at the Charles L. Sewall Center with a 71-68 loss to Bryant.

The Colonials slipped to 11-11 overall on the 2014-15 campaign, including 7-3 in the Northeast Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 10-10 overall and 7-3 in league play.

Senior forward Lucky Jones missed a three-pointer with four seconds to play that would have tied the game, which capped a frantic final 1:38 of action.

Dan Garvin gave the Bulldogs a 65-57 cushion with a dunk off a feed from Shane McLaughlin, but on RMU's ensuing possession, freshman guard Marcquise Reed was fouled by Joe O'Shea on a three-point attempt. Reed converted all three of his opportunities at the chalk to pull the Colonials to within 65-60 with 1:24 to go.

Jones followed for Robert Morris by picking the pocket of McLaughlin, and he found Reed open for a three-pointer to make it a one-possession contest, 65-63, with 1:10 remaining. Dyami Starks answered for Bryant with a running layup to give the Bulldogs a 67-63 lead before Appolon was fouled by Bosko Kostuer. Appolon hit both of his free-throw attempts to make it 67-65.

McLaughlin again turned the ball over for Bryant, with Appolon coming up with the steal. He drove the length of court but missed the layup, and Andrew Scocca came down with the rebound. The Bulldogs took time off the clock before Dyami Starks was fouled with 17 seconds to play. He converted both free throws to give Bryant a 69-65 edge.

Jones followed with a three-pointer with 10.5 seconds to go to pull Robert Morris to within 69-68, and O'Shea was immediately fouled on Bryant's next possession. He hit both free throws to make it 71-68 in favor of the Bulldogs.

On the ensuing inbounds pass, junior forward Aaron Tate tossed it the length of the court to junior guard Rodney Pryor, who fed Jones for the attempt at the game-tying three-pointer that fell short.

"We've talked about inconsistency and immaturity all year," head coach Andrew Toole said. "Bryant exploited that today. It's a disappointing loss, but sometimes you get what you deserve. Bryant wanted it more. Every loose ball they beat us to. Every effort play they beat us to. That forced us to play from behind."

RMU held an 18-16 advantage at the 9:19 mark of the first half after a jumper from Reed, but the Bulldogs used a 15-6 run to close the half to grab a 31-24 advantage at the break. Overall Bryant shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field and outscored the Colonials, 32-24, in the paint.

Dan Garvin led all scorers with 21 points and also added seven rebounds, including five offensive boards. He finished 9-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 at the free-throw line. Garvin was one of four players in double figures for Bryant, as Starks added 18 and Kostur scored 11. McLaughlin added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Robert Morris was led by Reed, who finished with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-3 from deep, while going 5-for-5 at the free-throw line. He also added three rebounds and three steals. Jones also scored in double figures with 19 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

RMU takes to the road for its next two contests, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. tip Thursday, Feb. 5, against LIU Brooklyn at the Wellness, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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