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Late rally lifts Robert Morris over Duquesne

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Lijah Thompson had a steal, hit two free throws and drained a lay-up in the final two minutes to give Robert Morris the lead, and the Colonials hit three free throws in the final 10 seconds to pull the upset over Duquesne, 64-60, at the A.J. Palumbo Center Tuesday night.

Thompson scored a game-high 17 points as RMU used a game-closing 7-2 run to pull away for the win.

Eric Evans and B.J. Monteiro led Duquesne (5-4) with 16 and 13 points respectively.

Russell Johnson and Velton Jones chipped in 15 and 13 points for RMU (7-2) which is off to its best start in school history.

Duquesne, which led 32-28 at the half, never trailed in the second half until Russell Johnson - who missed his first four 3-point attempts - drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Colonials up 57-56 with 3:14 left.

DU answered with an Andre Marhold put back before Thompson began RMU’s game-closing run with a pair of free throws. Monteiro missed a 3-pointer and Jerry Jones missed a put back before Thompson scored again to make it 61-58 with 30 seconds left.

Sean Johnson, who was held to four points - 13 below his average, scored on a layup with 14 seconds left. Velton Jones was quickly fouled and converted a one-and-one to make it a three-point game with 10 seconds remaining.

Evans, who went 3-of-6 from the 3-point arc, shot an air ball from the left corner that was rebounded by Coron Williams who hit the front end of a one-and-one with three seconds left for the final margin.

“We just flat got beat tonight,” said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. “Robert Morris played hard. They are tough kids. I thought we played well until the final 2:29. We had our chances and didn’t take advantage.”

DU turned it over once and missed three shots in the final two minutes.

There were three ties and eight lead changes in a first half that ended with Duquesne up 32-28. Leading scorers Jones of Robert Morris (17.0 ppg.) and Johnson of Duquesne (17.9 ppg.) combined for five points and six turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

The largest lead by either team was six by Robert Morris at 14-8. Neither team led by more than four over the last 10:34.

The two teams were nearly even in every statistical category except free throw shooting where Robert Morris was 15-of-18 and Duquesne finished 6-of-13.

T.J. McConnell had a game-high 8 assists for DU. Jerry Jones added a career-high 7 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Andre Marhold posted his second consecutive double-digit rebound game with 10.

Duquesne returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Penn State at CONSOL Energy Center at 7:00 p.m. The game will not be televised. It will be the first time since 1971 that a Big Ten school will face a Dukes team in Pittsburgh.


It was a good play indeed and I believe that he did his best for the team to win. And being held in the last two minutes was really hard for him. It will be the first time since 1971 that a Big Ten school will face a Dukes team in Pittsburgh and you should never miss it.

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