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Robert Morris men beat Sacred Heart, hold on to 1st place

The Associated Press
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Matty McConnell scored 19 points, and Charles Baine added 17 as Robert Morris held off Sacred Heart, 72-64, and maintained its hold on first place in the Northeast Conference on Thursday night.

The Colonials (11-9, 6-1) have won seven of their last eight games.

Sacred Heart came into the game with the highest-scoring offense in the conference, averaging more than 81 points. Robert Morris, which boasts the stingiest defense in conference, held the Pioneers to 19 of 52 (36.5 percent) shooting from the field.

McConnell (Chartiers Valley) hit 6 of 8 from the field and grabbed six boards in leading Robert Morris. Bain shot 6 of 9 and grabbed seven rebounds, and Jon Williams had 10 assists. The Colonials were 24 of 50 from the field (48 percent), including 8 of 21 on 3-pointers.

Zach Radz scored 17 points off the bench to lead Sacred Heart (8-12, 4-3).