Robert Morris

Colonials watch 11-point lead slip away in 81-77 setback

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Andy Toole. — DKPS / FILE

Robert Morris led by as much as 11 in the second half, but Fairleigh Dickinson came back and tied with 3:31 left, and that momentum — plus perfect free throw shooting — buried the Colonials, 81-77, Saturday at Stratis Arena in Hackensack, N.J.

After the Knights went up, 73-72, Isaiah Still and Matty McConnell each missed 3-point attempts and then Still missed two free throw attempts, adding to Robert Morris' late-game struggles. That, coupled with the fact that Fairleigh Dickinson made 8 or 8 free throws in the final 34 seconds, was enough to keep Robert Morris from making any sort of comeback in the final minutes despite Still connecting on a deep ball with 13 seconds left to bring the Colonials within two.

"Give FDU credit. They made the plays late they needed to," Andy Toole told reporters. "We had a chance but didn't finish it out. We'll learn from it."

For the game, the Knights made 26 of 28 free throws while Robert Morris made just 19 of 30 from the charity stripe.

The loss moves Robert Morris to 5-10 overall and to 1-1 in the league. The Colonials return to Moon for a three-game homestand, beginning with a matchup with LIU Brooklyn on Thursday.

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