Robert Morris guard Anderson leads Colonials to 84-76 victory against Ohio Bobcats
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Robert Morris junior guard Karvel Anderson made his first career start Saturday night.
And once he started, the Colonials never stopped.
Anderson was perfect from the field and scored a career-high 28 points to propel the Colonials to an 84-76 victory against previously unbeaten Ohio at the Sewall Center.
Robert Morris led by as many as 19 points and never trailed to the Bobcats, who have made the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons.
A junior college transfer, Anderson has scored in double figures in five of eight games for the Colonials (4-4) this season. He made all 10 of his shot attempts, including eight 3-pointers.
His 28 points were a season high for any Robert Morris player.
D.J. Cooper led Ohio with 19 points, nearly leading the Bobcats to an improbable comeback.
Though Robert Morris was in control for most of the game, they could never pull away from Ohio (6-1) in the second half. Every time it appeared the Colonials were poised to go on a game-changing run, the Bobcats reeled them back in.
Cooper cut Robert Morris' lead to three points with a 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining and again at 2:17 with a layup in traffic. But Anderson and junior guard Coron Williams drained a pair of 3-pointers in the closing minutes to help seal the game for the Colonials.
Colonials sophomore forward Lucky Jones helped Robert Morris gain some breathing room midway through the second half by scoring four consecutive points to turn a five-point lead into a 62-53 advantage with 9:09 remaining. Four minutes earlier, the Colonials led by 11.
But both times, the Bobcats clawed back to within five points of Robert Morris. Ohio was successful in the second half attacking the offensive glass. After failing to score a single second-chance point in the first half, the Bobcats scored eight in the first 10 minutes.
Robert Morris led, 37-31, at the end of the first half, but Ohio entered halftime with all the momentum.
The Bobcats closed the first half on a 19-6 run to narrow a once-gaping Robert Morris advantage.
The Colonials had led by as many as 19 points in the first half as they went on a 19-2 run, leading 31-12 with seven minutes remaining.
Anderson led all scorers with 14 first-half points, going 5 of 5 from the field in 11 minutes.
A barrage of 3-pointers propelled the Colonials to a 14-point lead less than 10 minutes in the game. Anderson went 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first 10 minutes, and David Appolon sank another 3-pointer as the Colonials surged to a 24-10 advantage.
Playing its first game away from home this season, Ohio brought a sizeable contingent of fans that filled two sections of bleachers in the Sewall Center.
But they were quieted early.
Robert Morris jumped out to a 5-0 lead, riding an aggressive defense that forced two early turnovers and caused Ohio to miss its first four shots.
The Bobcats didn't score until 16:28 in the first half, when Walter Offut sank a 3-pointer from the wing to cut the Colonials' lead to 5-3.
First Published December 1, 2012 9:24 pm