With 4 seconds left on the clock, Bryant’s Corey Maynard had a chance to send the 3-point game against Robert Morris into over time but his shot from behind the arc was no good and Robert Morris recorded its 7th straight win in the NEC. The 79-76 victory at the Charles L. Sewall Center was led by Karvel Anderson, totaling 24 points, including several contested fade away jumpers.
“I’m a Kobe fanatic so sometimes I get in my mind that I’m Kobe sometimes, but it’s just a shot that’s been working for me and sometimes it’s hard for me to get open looks so even when I am closely guarded I have to find a way to be able get my shot off and I feel like if I can get it out of my hands it has a very good chance of going in,” Anderson said. “So a fade away is something I’ve been working on and something that has been successful for me at times.”
The Colonials secured an 8 point lead by half time, thanks to Anderson’s fade away and a perfect shooting percentage in the first half from Anthony Myers-Pate. Despite being ill before the game Meyers-Pate shot 6-6 in the first half and he and Anderson combined for 29 points by the half way point.
The second half didn’t look as easy as the first for the Colonials due to some turnovers which turned into easy baskets for Bryant. Alex Francis came alive for the Bulldogs and put up 20 points in the second half alone, totaling for 30 on the night.
With just a minute to go in the game, RMU lead Bryant 74-71 but some clutch free throws from Anderson and Meyers-Pate secured the win for the Colonials. Anderson finished with 24, Meyers-Pate shot 8-9 from the field, totaling 21 points and Lucky Jones brought down 8 rebounds for the Colonials.
Anderson said despite having a short bench with only 8 total players, due to losing teammates recently because of disciplinary actions, he feels confident in his team going into the next game against Central Connecticut State.
“Our confidence is very high and we feel like we have a good grip on the lead right now with the win over Bryant, but we have to stay aware and respect our opponent,” Anderson said.
Tip of is at 4:oo p.m on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
For more from Anderson listen to the entire post game interview: