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Long Island U. defeats Robert Morris 74-64

Jan 8, 2010 - 3:57 AM NEW YORK(AP) -- Kyle Johnson scored 22 points, including five in the final minute, to help Long Island University hold off Robert Morris 74-64 on Thursday night in a matchup of unbeaten Northeast Conference teams.

The Blackbirds (5-9, 3-0) snapped a six-game skid and are off to their best conference start since the 1996-97 season, when they started 5-0 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Robert Morris (7-8, 2-1) led 44-41 with 12:07 left before Michael Culpo's 3-pointer tied the game and began a 14-2 run that gave Long Island University the lead for good.

The Colonials pulled within a point on three occasions, the last at 62-61 on Karon Abraham's 3 with 4 minutes left.

Jamal Olasewere's foul shot and Jaytornah Wisseh's jumper made it 65-61 with 2:07 remaining.

Kenny Onyechi added a career-high 17 points for the Blackbirds.

Rob Robinson led the Colonials with 13 points.