For Robert Morris, it was a troublesome strategy to watch a six-game successful streak finish.
Kaleb Bishop’s basket with 1 second left lifted Fairleigh Dickinson to a 72-71 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday at UPMC Occasions Middle, spoiling an opportunity for the Colonials to solidify their run at a Northeast Convention regular-season championship with 4 video games remaining.
A controversial choice on an inbounds play after Robert Morris’ timeout had Colonials coach Andy Toole fuming at officers as time expired.
Jon Williams, with Bishop guarding him, ran the baseline whereas inbounding the ball to his brother Josh Williams.
Simply after Josh Williams accepted the go, Bishop crashed into the stationary RMU senior. No name was made because the Colonials’ Dante Treacy picked up the unfastened ball and heaved a half-court, 3-point shot that was effectively off the mark as time expired.
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Jahlil Jenkins led Fairleigh Dickinson (8-16, 6-7) with 21 factors. Bishop added 13, and Elyjah Williams scored 12 for the Knights, who gained their second sport in a row and fourth up to now 5.
AJ Bramah led Robert Morris (15-12, 11-3) with 17 factors. Yannis Mendy and Charles Bain scored 10 apiece for the Colonials.
When an influence outage briefly halted the sport within the second half, Robert Morris discovered itself trailing Fairleigh Dickinson because the groups retreated to a darkish sideline.
Quickly, the lights had been restored.
The Colonials then turned up the power and sprinted to the lead. The chaotic ending doused Robert Morris’ scorching streak.
The Colonials entered the day tied with NEC newcomer Merrimack for first place. Merrimack, in its first season in Division I, is ineligible for postseason play within the NEC or NCAA tournaments and likewise can’t participate within the NIT.
Trailing 40-37 when Robert Morris’ brand-new facility all of the sudden went darkish, the Colonials returned with a objective and seized a 49-42 lead on Bramah’s three-point play with 10:20 left.
Fairleigh Dickinson remained inside putting distance and at last took the lead on Xzavier Malone-Key’s three-point play with 27 seconds left.
Bramah adopted with a pair of free throws to present Robert Morris a 71-70 lead, setting the stage for the frantic end.
Fairleigh Dickinson rushed the ball downcourt with Jenkins driving to the rim and lacking a shot that was rebounded by Bishop, who sank the game-winner.
Robert Morris, with a victory at Mount St. Mary’s in its earlier sport, already had clinched a spot within the NEC Match, extending the league’s longest energetic streak for appearances to 17.
The Colonials had their sights set on a regular-season championship, which nonetheless is inside attain. Robert Morris visits St. Francis (Pa.) on Tuesday, the primary of two video games towards the third-place Pink Flash in a 12-day span.
The groups will play a rematch of their season-finale Feb. 29 at UPMC Occasions Middle.
Dave Mackall is a Tribune-Assessment contributing author.