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LaRose Leads Rebounders In 61-58 Loss to RMU

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 61-58 to visiting Northeast Conference foe, Robert Morris University, Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 14-11 on the year and 7-5 in league play, while the Colonials improve to 14-11 overall and 10-2 in NEC action. 

The Pioneers had two players score in double-figures, led by a season-high 19 points from Aaron Clarke.

The Pioneers complete a three-game homestand on Thursday when they host Bryant. The 5:00 pm game will air on CBS Sports Network from the Pitt Center.

Turning Point

SHU was able to close a 12-point deficit, 49-37 with 6:22 to play, to within a bucket, 55-53, on E.J. Anosike's three-pointer with 41 seconds to playAJ Bramah made two free throws on the other end and then Charles Bain stole the ball cleanly and went the length of the floor for the dunk to make the score 59-53 with 14 seconds left

Pioneer Points

Clarke shot 4-8 from the field and hit 9-9 to reach 19 pointsAnosike rallied 14 points in the loss, to go along with five boards and two assists. Koreem Ozier tallied eight points hitting 2-3 from behind the arc, and handing out three assistsThe Pioneers were 15-17 at the free throw line, 88.2 percent.

Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose scored just three points on 1-10 shooting but collected a game-best eight rebounds. Jare'l Spellman blocked three shots and the Pioneers finished with seven

By the Numbers

Charles Bain scored a team-best 16 for RMU, hitting 4-7 from behind the arcBramah tallied 14 and Yannis Mendy scored a dozen, on 6-7 shootingSHU finished with a 36-31 advantage on the glass, and 8-6 on the offensive endRMU handed out 18 assists on 23 made baskets

First-Half

Williams hit a three at 19:23 for RMU to open the scoringLaRose tallied the Pioneers first basket, from behind the arc, at 16:34A Spellman dunk at 13:34 made it 12-7 in favor of the ColonialsRMU would score the next five points and 10 of the next 12, taking a 17-9 advantage on a Bramah layup at the 10:49 markOn the next possession, Chaylyn Martin drove for a layup, to start a 10-0 Pioneer runOzier hit a pair of threes, around another Martin basket in the paint, hitting a triple at 8:19 to put SHU in front 19-17Charles Bain ended a 3:49 RMU drought with a three at the 7:01 mark, putting the Colonials back in front, 20-19Bain hit again at 6:00, from behind the arc, to push the advantage to four as the Colonials scored 10 unanswered to build a 28-19 advantage on a Dante Treacy three-point play at the 2:10 markClarke drove the lane on the next possession for his own conventional three-point play, ending a 6:34 Pioneer scoring droughtBramah ended the first-half with a basket in the paint with two ticks left, sending the Colonials to the locker room up 30-22

Second-Half

Ozier made two free throws, 12 seconds into the half, to cut the deficit to 30-24The Pioneers did not make a field over the first 6:00 of the second-half, as RMU built a 37-26 leadAnosike drained a three at the 13:50 mark, breaking the droughtMartin followed at 12:49 with a basket and then at 11:33 Clarke hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to get SHU within four, 37-33, with 11:33 to playRMU went on a 12-4 run, beginning with a Yannis Mendy hoop at 9:50 and closing on a Bain three-pointer with 6:22 to play and the lead 49-37SHU chipped away from there closing within two when Anosike hit from distance with 41 seconds to playBramah hit both free throws at the :37 mark and then Bain swiped the ball in stride and went to the rim for a six-point lead, 59-53 with :16 to playClarke scored four ticks later, and following a Jon Williams free throw with 13 seconds left, Clarke knocked down a three with 0.9 leftWilliams was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and the Pioneers last ditch shot was short

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