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Robert Morris repels winless Delaware, 84-81

Paul Schofield
| Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, 10:41 p.m.

Robert Morris used a quick start, built a comfortable lead and held on to defeat winless Delaware, 84-81, on Monday at Sewall Center.

The Colonials (4-7) hit their first six shots to take a 13-5 lead against Delaware (0-10).

But it was clutch foul shooting down the stretch that helped the Colonials secure the victory. They were 17 for 19, including 16 consecutive, during the final 3:30.

Marcquise Reed, who scored a team-high 20 points, was 7 for 8 from the line. Lucky Jones, who had 15 points off the bench, was 7 for 7.

Still, the Colonials needed those free throws to hold off a comeback by Delaware, which converted two four-point plays.

“Very thankful we were able to pull this one out,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. “I thought we started the game very well, and we had a really good stretch of basketball when we were able to build the 16-point lead.

“Then because of our excitement, I guess we took our foot off the gas. That's what we have to take away from this game and learn from on how to put games away the right way.”

Rodney Pryor scored seven points during the early run for Robert Morris, but he saw little action after he collected his second foul of the first half with 15:05 left. Pryor scored 19.

With their leading scorer on the bench, the Colonials took a 21-11 lead and led 36-30 at halftime.

Reed scored 10 points in the first half, Pryor had nine and Jones eight.

Robert Morris was 13 for 25 from the field in the first half and 25 for 45 (55.6 percent) for the game. Delaware was 8 of 28 in the first half, 24 of 62 (38.7) in the contest.

“Delaware was making shots,” Pryor said. “We still had to keep our heads up and not get down. It was good that we stayed strong even though we finished ugly.

“We're trying to find more consistency. Details matter. You can't get sloppy, and you have to stay sharp. We have to keep our foot on the gas pedal.”

Freshman Chivarsky Corbett scored 14 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 21 to help keep Delaware close.

After Delaware cut the lead to 40-38 early in the second half, Robert Morris reclaimed control and pushed the lead to 65-49 with seven minutes left after Delaware coach Monte Ross was given a technical foul.

But Delaware seemed inspired after the technical and went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 65-60 with 4:25 left.

Stephan Bennett ended the run on a dunk, and the Colonials built a 74-63 lead with 1:21 left.

David Appolon had 12 points for the Colonials.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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