Robert Morris could not contain Dyami Starks, who scored 29 points to lead Bryant to an 84-77 victory against the Colonials in the Northeast Conference opener tonight at the Sewall Center.
It was the sixth game this season in which Starks has scored more than 20 points. He made seven 3-pointers.
Velton Jones led the Colonials (8-6, 0-1) with 24 points, and two players added 13.
Frankie Dobbs added 26 points for the Bulldogs (8-4, 1-0), including eight off free throws in the final three minutes to help stave off a furious Robert Morris rally.
Robert Morris had a couple late-game runs foiled by Starks, who seemingly always had an answer for the Colonials.
After a Karvel Anderson 3-pointer cut Bryant's lead to two points with less than four minutes remaining, Starks drained 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions as the Bulldogs ran away with the game.
That was as close as the Colonials would come for the remainder of the game.
Michael Sanserino: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1722 or on Twitter @msanserino. First Published January 4, 2013 2:00 AM