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Robert Morris sprints to 81-61 victory at CCSU in regular-season finale

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Russell Johnson scored 20 points and Mike McFadden had a double-double as Robert Morris put an exclaimation point on the regular season with an 81-61 thumping of Central Connecticut State.

All five starters scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as the Robert Morris University men's basketball team concluded its 2012-13 regular season with an 81-61 win over Central Connecticut State at Detrick Gymnasium.

The Colonials improved to 22-9 overall and 14-4 in the Northeast Conference with the victory, while the Blue Devils slipped to 13-16 overall and 9-9 in league play.

RMU jumped out to an 8-0 advantage and never trailed in the contest, taking its first double-digit lead, 13-2, with 16:08 left in the first half thanks to a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Lucky Jones. Junior forward Mike McFadden was the main offensive force in the early going, scoring six points to help bolster Robert Morris.

The Colonials eventually took a 23-9 lead at the 12:25 mark of the first half after a jumper from junior guard Anthony Myers-Pate, but CCSU used an 8-3 surge to trim its deficit to 26-17 with 8:31 left before the break.

That's when Coron Williams went to work. The redshirt junior guard buried 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to bolster RMU's advantage to 35-17. Redshirt junior guard Velton Jonesfollowed with a jumper with 6:18 to play in the first half to give the Colonials a 37-17 edge.

Robert Morris eventually entered halftime with a 43-24 advantage, and every time the Blue Devils tried to put together a run in the second half, the Colonials responded.

Johnson who lead all scorers in the contest with 20 points, gave the Colonials a 77-51 cushion with 5:59 to go, and the biggest lead of the game came with just 2:20 left when Myers-Pate converted a layup to give RMU an 81-54 advantage.

Johnson finished 8-for-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and also added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Williams finished with 17 points thanks to a 5-for-10 performance from beyond the arc, while Velton Jones contributed 12 points, seven assists and four steals.

Lucky Jones and McFadden each scored 10 points, with McFadden recording a double-double thanks to 10 rebounds while also posting two assists and two steals.

Matt Hunter led Central Connecticut State with 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals, while Kyle Vinales added 11 points. Vinales struggled shooting, however, hitting just three of his 15 attempts from the field, including an 0-for-6 performance from beyond the arc.

Brandon Peel added 10 points and seven boards off the bench for CCSU.

Robert Morris opens play in the 2013 NEC Tournament Wednesday, March 6, with a 7:00 p.m. tip against either Sacred Heart or St. Francis Brooklyn at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

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