Long Island U. 83, Robert Morris 67

Michael Culpo scored 19 points and Long Island University

defeated Robert Morris 83-67 on Thursday night for its eighth

straight win.

The win avenged the Blackbirds’ 70-69 loss to Robert Morris on

Dec. 2. The Blackbirds streak of six straight Northeast Conference

wins is their longest since winning 12 in a row in 1997-98.

Two second-half runs by the Blackbirds put the Colonials away.

An 11-3 run gave the Blackbirds a 55-44 lead with 9:47 remaining.

After their lead was cut to 55-48, the Blackbirds went on a 14-2

run to lead 69-50 with 5:51 to play after a 3-pointer by David

Hicks.

Jamal Olaswere added 17 points, Julian Boyd had 12, and C.J.

Garner and Hicks each had 11 for the Blackbirds (14-4, 6-1).

Velton Jones had 14 points, Russell Johnson added 11 and Anthony

Myers had 10 for the Colonials (8-10, 4-3), whose three-game

winning streak was snapped.