Robert Morris wins basketball conference opener

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Karvel Anderson scored a career-high 36 points to help the visiting Colonials beat Sacred Heart, 79-70, in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.

Sacred Heart (3-13) trailed by nine points at halftime before coming within 72-70 after De’von Barnett made 1 of 2 free throws with two minutes remaining.

Anderson then scored the next five points, including a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining, to put Robert Morris ahead, 77-70.

The Colonials (6-10) shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 10 of 15 from long range. Anderson made 6 of his 7 3-point attempts.

Lucky Jones added 17 points for Robert Morris, playing its fourth of five consecutive road games. The Colonials snapped a three-game losing streak that included losses to Alabama and No. 6 Oklahoma State.

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