Men's Basketball Falls 67-55 At Robert Morris

E.J. Anosike had 20 points and 17 boards for his fifth consecutive double-double Monday evening at Robert Morris. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
E.J. Anosike had 20 points and 17 boards for his fifth consecutive double-double Monday evening at Robert Morris. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 67-55 to Northeast Conference host 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 play
  • AJ 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
  • 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 shots
  • Tyler 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 points
  • The Colonials shot 51.9 percent from the floor, hitting 28-54 overall and 5-21 from behind the line
  • The 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 glass
  • SHU finished with 13 turnovers, while forcing 17 by the Colonials

First-Half

  • Anosike started the scoring 21 seconds into the game
  • A Charles Bain three at 18:16 gave RMU a 5-2 edge
  • LaRose 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 16:17
  • After Anosike tied the game, 7-7 at 15:13, RMU scored 16 unanswered points to take a 23-7 lead
  • Clarke ended the Pioneers scoring drought with a three from the win at the 7:45 mark, making the Colonials lead 23-10
  • RMU stretched its advantage to 17, 30-13 at the 4:45 mark
  • Clarke scored eight consecutive points for the Pioneers, with a layup at 4:13 making the deficit, 30-15
  • The lead was 15, 32-17, when AJ Braham scored in the paint with 2:17 left before the break
  • Spellman (1:56) and LaRose (1:35) scored back-to-back for the Pioneers to get within 11, 32-21
  • Josh Williams gave RMU a 34-21 advantage with 69 seconds left before the break
  • Anosike 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 

Second-Half

  • Spellman dunked a Thomas pass to start the second-half scoring at 18:57 and get the Pioneers within seven
  • A strong second-effort by Anosike resulted in a basket at the 17:35 mark, 36-29
  • A conventional three-point play from Yannis Mendy made the lead double-digits at 15:48, 39-29
  • Anosike made the deficit single-digits with a free throw at the 14:53 mark
  • RMU 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 4:24
  • Bramah ended the drought with a jumper at 8:37, followed 27 seconds later by a Williams three to push the advantage back to 11, 53-42
  • Bramah converted another jumper with 7:35 remaining and forced a Pioneers timeout with the score 55-42
  • Martin scored his first career points at the 7:06 mark to end the RMU run
  • Williams scored on the other end at 6:44 for a 57-44 lead
  • RMU would push its lead to 14, 61-47 on a Bramah jumper at the 3:44 mark
  • Martin hit two free throws at 2:45 and Clarke one at 2:09 to get the Pioneers within 10 once again 63-53
  • Braham dunked at 1:25 and Mendy hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to make it 67-53