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Robert Morris duo earns NEC accolades

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Velton Jones and Lucky Jones named to All-NEC teams

A pair of student-athletes from the Robert Morris University men's basketball team earned All-Northeast Conference honors Tuesday in a vote of league head coaches, as redshirt senior guard Velton Jones (Philadelphia, Pa. / Northeast Catholic) was named to the All-NEC First Team, while sophomore forward Lucky Jones (Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony) garnered a spot on the All-NEC Third Team.

For Velton Jones, it marks the second straight All-NEC First Team honor of his career. On the 2012-13 campaign, he is averaging 11.3 points per game while ranking third in the league in assists (5.17 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.20) and 12th in the circuit in free-throw percentage (.776).

Velton Jones enters the 2013 NEC Tournament with RMU career records for consecutive games played (121), starts (123), free throws (487) and free-throw attempts (676), and he ranks second all-time in career assists with 534. Velton Jones is just 22 assists shy of establishing a new career record in the category, as former Colonial Forest Grant (1980-84) currently owns the school record with 555.

Also ranking fifth all-time at Robert Morris in career points with 1,563, Velton Jones has produced a trio of game-winning shots over the last four years, including a floater in the lane with 9.8 seconds remaining that helped propel the Colonials to a 60-57 win at LIU Brooklyn Feb. 2, 2013.

Earning his first All-NEC accolade is Lucky Jones, who has provided RMU with averages of 11.7 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds so far in 2012-13. He enters the 2013 NEC Tournament ranked third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.419), fourth in free-throw percentage (.821), 11th in rebounding and 14th in steals (1.30 per game).

Against NEC foes in 2012-13, Lucky Jones led the circuit in three-point field goal percentage, converting 52.7 percent (29-for-55) of his shots from beyond the arc. In 17 games against the conference, Lucky Jones supplied averages of 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50.4 percent (65-for-129) from the field.

Led by third-year head coach Andrew Toole, Robert Morris claimed its fourth NEC regular-season championship in the last six years and enters the 2013 NEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Colonials will welcome No. 8 St. Francis Brooklyn to the Charles L. Sewall Center Wednesday, March 6, for a 7:00 p.m. tip as part of quarterfinal action.

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