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Johnson's buzzer-beater lifts Robert Morris over Monmouth

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Redshirt sophomore forward Russell Johnson's jumper from the top of the key with 3.3 seconds to play helped Robert Morris to a 62-60 victory over Monmouth Saturday night in West Long Branch, N.J.

Thanks to a last second jumper by Colonials' sophomore Russell Johnson, RMU pulled out a 62-60 victory over the Monmouth Hawks with two seconds to go.

With both teams coming off Thursday night wins, RMU opened up the scoring and took an 11-5 lead after Velton Jones drained a field goal, a pair free throws and a 3-pointer out of the gate. The Hawks started to come back as they tied the score 13 each before Jones once again sank a 3-pointer for a 16-13 lead.

Monmouth took a brief lead with 2:03 left in the first half before Johnson hit a layup only three seconds before the buzzer to send the game to halftime tied at 32.

The Colonials claimed their lead early on in the second and kept it until Phil Wait put away a layup for a 45-44 Monmouth lead with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game. The two teams exchanged the lead throughout the remainder of the contest. With 32 seconds left, Monmouth's Jesse Steele pulled the Hawks within a point before tallying a free throw to tie the game at 60. Despite that late effort, Johnson notched yet another game-changing basket for the winning two points with two seconds left.

Despite not topping the scoring charts, Russell Johnson's last second points in both halves broke ties (32 and 60) to give RMU the initial advantage as well as the final win.

Robert Morris:
C. Williams 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl
Monmouth: J. Steele 12 Pts, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Robert Morris:
From the floor: 22-51 (43.1%); From the line: 10-19 (52.6%); 3-pointers: 8-17 (47.1%)
Monmouth: From the floor: 22-45 (48.9%); From the line: 10-20 (50.0%); 3-pointers: 6-18 (33.3%)

Both team are back in action Thursday night at 7 pm. The Colonials head home to take on the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at the Charles L. Sewall Center, while the Hawks hit the road to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

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