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Robert Morris edges Duquesne 64-60

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Robert Morris guard Isaiah Still hit the game-winning layup with 15 seconds remaining to beat Duquesne 64-60 Tuesday night at the PPG Paints Arena.

It was a game with 17 lead changes and 11 ties.

“"Really happy for our players. We've lost a few close games, and tonight we got over the hump,” Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole said.

Still had a game high 22 points, including going 4-4 from three. Nakaye Sanders had his first career double-double, picking up 16 rebounds and 11 points to go with five blocks. He also was just 1-7 from the free-throw line.

It was the third time in seven games that the Dukes gave up the game-losing basket in the last 15 seconds.

“Of course it’s frustrating after a while. It’s our third time in the exact same situation,” freshman guard Mike Lewis II said. “At the same time, we’ve got to learn from it.”

The Dukes and Colonials traded the lead 11 times and tied it another half dozen in the first, but Still’s 13 points gave Robert Morris a 37-33 lead at the half.

Robert Morris had control of the boards early, grabbing 16 of the first 25 rebounds. The boards evened out as Sanders got more playing time, and the Dukes ended the night winning on the glass 45-42. The sophomore was scheduled to make his second career start, but was on the bench early due to what coach Jim Ferry called a violation of team rules.

Lewis II put the Dukes up 59-58 on a layup with 30 seconds remaining. Still put the Colonials in front 15 seconds later and got down the court in time to block a potential go-ahead shot by Blackman.

Freshman Clive Allen was sent to the line on two separate occasions down the stretch and hit all four of his shots to ice it. Both teams went 9-19 from the line.

The loss for Duquesne came just four days after beating PItt in the City Game for the first time in 16 years. RMU senior guard Kavon Stewart said that he always takes games against Duquesne personal because he feels the Dukes get more attention from the city than the Colonials.

He said he was proud to avenge the loss from a year ago and go 3-1 in his career against their city rival.

“I try to play with a chip on my shoulder,” Stewart. “I told them before the game that this game is personal….get ready for it.”

Robert Morris improved to 3-7 on the year while the Dukes fell to 4-6.

Toole is now 6-1 in his career against Duquesne. Even though the Dukes were fresh off a win against Pitt, he did not think their win Tuesday made them the best team in the city.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Toole said. “But if the transit of property is in effect today, we’ll take it.”

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