Robert Morris Downs #DUQMBB 67-63
Dec. 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Karvel Anderson hit five 3-pointers, including two in the final 4:41, to propel Robert Morris to a 67-63 win over Duquesne at Palumbo Center.
Anderson finished with game-high 17 for the Colonials (4-7) who ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Dukes for the fourth-straight time. Duquesne, which was led by Dominique McKoy and Ovie Soko with 16 and 14 points respectively, shot .386 and turned it over 14 times in dropping to 3-5.
"I didn't think it was our halfcourt offense, I thought it was our transition offense that really hurt us," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We got the stops, we played quickly, but I felt we were forcing it to the rim instead of swinging the basketball. Guys were pressing and forcing it to the rim and taking bad shots and missed them."
Duquesne, which led once at 3-0, tied it at 39-39 on a Jerry Jones 3-pointer before Lucky Jones answered with one of his own followed by a Kavon Stewart layup to push the lead back to five.
DU cut it to two two more times, only to be turned back by back-to-back 3-pointers by Charles Oliver who scored all of his 10 points in the second half.
The Dukes trailed by four with just over five minutes left when Jeremiah Worthem, who finished with 15, scored on a layup and Anderson followed with a big 3-pointer that made it 61-52. Anderson drilled another 3-pointer just over a minute later to make it 64-54.
Robert Morris missed the front of two one-and-ones to help DU cut it to 64-61 with 48 seconds left. Anderson made another big play when he drove and dished to Anthony Myers-Pate for a layup with two seconds showing on the shot clock to make it a five-point game with 17 seconds remaining.
Anderson then iced the game by hitting the second of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left.
"I think we broke down in the second half of the second half on their 3-point shooting," said Ferry. "We let Karvel Anderson feel comfortable.
"We're normally a fast team, a layup team, in conversion and we got four fast break points because we either forced it to the rim too hard or missed layups."
Robert Morris, coming off a six-day layoff, hit its first five shots - including three from Worthem - to jump out to an early 17-7 lead.
Anderson's third 3-pointer made it 22-10 and an Myers-Pate layup upped the lead to 14.
Duquesne heads to Loretto, Pa. to face Saint Francis on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Robert Morris outshot the Dukes .463 to .386 ... the Colonials went 11-of-23 from the 3-point arc ... rebounding was even at 33 each.
Duquesne went 23-of-35 from the foul line ... RMU was 6-of-12.
There were two ties and one lead change.
Junior forward Dominique McKoy posted his second-straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds ... the 16 points were a career high and the 10 boards tied his career-best set in the Penn State game on Wednesday.
Senior forward Jerry Jones contributed 10 points and handed out a career-high six assists without a turnover in 23 minutes off the bench.
Duquesne's next three games are on the road: Dec. 17 at Saint Francis, Dec. 21 at UMass Lowell and Dec. 29 at Texas-Pan American. The Dukes' next home game is Thurs., Jan. 2 against Appalachian State at Palumbo Center.