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Sacred Heart Falls To Robert Morris In League Hoops

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 67-55 to Northeast Conference host Robert Morris 67-55 Monday evening in Moon Township, Pa. The Pioneers fall to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in league play, while the Colonials improve to 8-10 on the year and 5-1 in league action.

E.J. Anosike had his fifth consecutive double-double, and 10th for the year, with 20 points and 17 rebounds. He finished with 10 offensive boards, and also recorded three steals and an assist.

The Pioneers return to action on Thursday, January 23, when they travel to Central Connecticut State for a 7:00 pm contest

Turning Point

The Pioneers scored 11 straight points, holding RMU scoreless for 4:24, to cut a 17-point deficit to just six, 48-42, with 9:37 to playAJ Bramah ended the RMU drought at the 8:37 mark, sparking a 7-0 Colonial run that pushed the lead back 13 points and the Pioneers would not close within single digits the rest of the game

Pioneer Points

Clarke knocked down three three-pointers to tally his 16 points, in 38 minutes of action Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose was 3-6 from the field and had six points and a team-best three assists. Jare'l Spellman added four points, four boards and two blocked shotsTyler Thomas made the first start of his career and had three boards, two points a steal and a block Chaylyn Martin played seven minutes and tallied the first four points of his career

By the Numbers

Braham led RMU with 18 points and 14 rebounds on the day, shooting a perfect 9-9 from the field. Sayveon McEwen was the other Colonial in double-figures, with 12 pointsThe Colonials shot 51.9 percent from the floor, hitting 28-54 overall and 5-21 from behind the lineThe Pioneers shot 34.5 percent and 3-21 from behind the arc, RMU finished with a 38-33 advantage on the glass, while SHU held a 16-11 advantage on the offensive glassSHU finished with 13 turnovers, while forcing 17 by the Colonials


Anosike started the scoring 21 seconds into the gameA Charles Bain three at 18:16 gave RMU a 5-2 edgeLaRose laid in a pass from Spellman after a nifty offensive rebound, 17:33, and then Anosike hit a free throw, tying the score, 5-5-, at 16:17After Anosike tied the game, 7-7 at 15:13, RMU scored 16 unanswered points to take a 23-7 leadClarke ended the Pioneers scoring drought with a three from the win at the 7:45 mark, making the Colonials lead 23-10RMU stretched its advantage to 17, 30-13 at the 4:45 markClarke scored eight consecutive points for the Pioneers, with a layup at 4:13 making the deficit, 30-15The lead was 15, 32-17, when AJ Braham scored in the paint with 2:17 left before the breakSpellman (1:56) and LaRose (1:35) scored back-to-back for the Pioneers to get within 11, 32-21Josh Williams gave RMU a 34-21 advantage with 69 seconds left before the breakAnosike made 1-2 from the line with 48 ticks left, and Clarke scored a conventional three-point play, as SHU finished the half with four straight points, and within nine, 34-25 


Spellman dunked a Thomas pass to start the second-half scoring at 18:57 and get the Pioneers within sevenA strong second-effort by Anosike resulted in a basket at the 17:35 mark, 36-29A conventional three-point play from Yannis Mendy made the lead double-digits at 15:48, 39-29Anosike made the deficit single-digits with a free throw at the 14:53 markRMU scored four straight and went on a 9-1 run, capped by a McEwen three at 12:51 that made the lead 48-31 and forced a Pioneers timeout.

The Pioneers scored 11-straight, nine from Anosike, as the Pioneers held RMU scoreless for 4:24Bramah ended the drought with a jumper at 8:37, followed 27 seconds later by a Williams three to push the advantage back to 11, 53-42Bramah converted another jumper with 7:35 remaining and forced a Pioneers timeout with the score 55-42Martin scored his first career points at the 7:06 mark to end the RMU runWilliams scored on the other end at 6:44 for a 57-44 leadRMU would push its lead to 14, 61-47 on a Bramah jumper at the 3:44 markMartin hit two free throws at 2:45 and Clarke one at 2:09 to get the Pioneers within 10 once again 63-53Braham dunked at 1:25 and Mendy hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to make it 67-53.


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