Colonials defeat Bryant to clinch NEC

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Karvel Anderson scored 24 points and Lucky Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as Robert Morris beat Bryant, 77-75, Thursday night to clinch the Northeast Conference regular-season title.

The Colonials (21-9, 13-4), who have won four in a row, earned home court advantage in the conference tournament.

Jones' 3-pointer gave Robert Morris a 60-59 lead with 5:46 remaining, and he scored another 10 points the rest of the way.

Bryant's Corey Maynard knocked down a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left on the clock that pulled the host Bulldogs (18-10, 11-6) within just two points, 71-69, but Anderson answered right back for the Colonials pushing the lead to five points.

A Vlad Kondratyev dunk brought Bryant within three. The Bulldogs were forced to foul, sending Jones to the line where he buried both free throws for the Colonials.

With time running out, Bryant's Dyami Starks raced down the floor and knocked down a deep 3-pointer, cutting the lead to just two, 76-74, with only seconds remaining.

Robert Morris played strong defense in the final seconds to end the rally by the Bulldogs, and the Colonials prevailed.

Alex Francis led Bryant with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Colonials committed one turnover in the second half to Bryant's nine, helping them overcome 68.4 percent second-half shooting (13 of 19) by the Bulldogs.



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