Robert Morris edged Mount St. Mary's, 81-78, in overtime at the Sewall Center on Saturday night in Northeast Conference action. Mount St. Mary's senior Mychal Kearse scored a career high 21 points in the loss. Mount freshman guard Jeremy Goode sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to force overtime.
In overtime, the Colonials jumped to a 79-75 lead behind a pair of conventional three-point plays. Tony Lee opened the overtime with a three-point play for a 74-71 Colonial lead while A.J. Jackson's three-point play with 1:55 left made the score 77-73. After a Gus Durr jumper and a pair of free throws by Derek Coleman, Kearse drained a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to cut Robert Morris' lead to 79-78.
Jackson converted two free throws for an 81-78 lead, allowing the Mount the final possession in overtime to try to tie the game. On the final possession, Goode shot a double-clutch three-pointer which was just off the mark, allowing Robert Morris (12-5, 4-4 NEC) to earn the win.
Mount St. Mary's (6-13, 5-3 NEC) opened the game with an 8-0 run behind six points from Durr. The Mount extended the lead to 42-31, but Colson Senat drained a three-pointer at the buzzer at the half to cut the Mount lead to 42-34.
In the second half, the Mount held a 50-41 lead before a 14-4 run by the Colonials was capped by a Tony Lee lay-up for a 55-54 Robert Morris lead with 9:28 on the clock. The Mount responded with six straight points, capped by a Goode three-pointer. From there, the game was back-and-forth before the Colonials took a 71-68 lead with eight seconds left in regulation, setting up Goode's game-tying three-pointer.
Kearse finished 10-of-12 from the field for his career-best 21 points to lead the Mount. Durr added a season-high 16 points while Goode finished with 11 points and eight assists. Freshman Kelly Beidler chipped in 10 points for the Mount.
Jackson led Robert Morris with 20 points while Jeremy Chappell added 18 points and Lee 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 27, when Wagner visits Knott Arena.