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Robert Morris tops St. Francis

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Velton Jones scored 15 points and Robert Morris defeated St. Francis (Pa.) for the second time in four days, 78-73 on Saturday night.

ROBERT MORRIS  –  78 ST. FRANCIS (PA) - 73
After beating St. Francis Wednesday night, RMU fought through a close scoring game to pull out a five point advantage to top the Red Flash once again, this time at the DeGol Arena, Saturday night.

Lawrence Bridges opened the scoring with a layup for the Colonials and the scoring bounced back and forth between the two teams until RMU snuck ahead 16-6 with three quick three pointers. The Flash used a full time out and came back out with a layup to come back on the board and take over the scoring, pulling up to tie the game and sneak ahead 18-16 before the Colonials scored again thanks to senior Gary Wallace. RMU took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

St. Francis came out of the gate fast with a layup only 29 seconds into the second half. Johnson then pulled them back into the lead by a point less than a minute later. The second went very much the same as the first with the back and forth scoring.

With thirty seconds left and the Flash down 75-68, St. Francis' Umar Shannon made a three point jumper to pull the Flash to within a four point deficit. Wallace sealed the deal for RMU with a free throw before Russell Johnson upped the score to 78-71 with a pair of his own free throws. Shannon score the final layup with two seconds left, but it wasn't enough to disrupt the Colonials.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Robert Morris:
V. Jones 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl
St. Francis (PA): Shannon 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

STAT SHEET
RMU:
From the floor: 27-49 (55.1%);  From the line: 15-23 (56.2%); Three pointers: 9-19 (47.4%)
St. Francis: From the floor: 25-46 (54.3%); From the line: 16-26 (61.5%); Three pointers: 7-16 (43.8%)

NEXT UP
St. Francis hits the road to face the Monmouth Hawks on Thursday at 7:45 pm while the Colonials stay on the road to meet the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Thursday night at 7.

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