Colonials grab share of first place in NEC
Coach Andy Toole has his Robert Morris team tied with LIU Brooklyn for first place in the Northeast Conference after beating Sacred Heart Saturday.
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Karvel Anderson scored 13 points and Robert Morris moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Conference after holding off Sacred Heart's late rally for a 68-63 win Saturday at William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.
Anthony Myers-Pate finished with 11 points for the Colonials (18-9, 10-4), who have won four of their past five games and pulled into a first-place tie with LIU Brooklyn after Bryant lost to Wagner. Lucky Jones and Mike McFadden each added 10 points for the Colonials.
Robert Morris had a 16-point lead with 3:49 remaining after Russell Johnson made two free throws. Sacred Heart went on a 15-1 run, capped by Shane Gibson's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 65-63 with 1:15 left.
But the Pioneers (9-15, 7-6), who have lost two in a row, were unable to score the rest of the way. Jones made a free throw and Johnson added two more from the line to give the Colonials enough cushion.
Gibson led Sacred Heart with 17 points, Louis Montes had 15 points and nine rebounds and Tevin Falzon added 11 points.
After scoring six points in 28 minutes in a loss to Quinnipiac Thursday, senior point guard Velton Jones missed his third game of the season for Robert Morris. Jones' game-by-game status has been questionable since a shoulder injury Jan. 31.
Robert Morris returns home Thursday to try to complete a season sweep of Monmouth and remain atop the conference standings.
First Published February 17, 2013 12:00 am