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Lafayette blows out Robert Morris

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Robert Morris shot 25 percent from the floor as Lafayette walloped the Colonials 77-50 at the Sewall Center on Friday night.

Doomed by a 23-5 run by Lafayette to start the game, the Robert Morris Colonials suffered a blowout loss to open the season, falling to the Leopards by a final score of 77-50 at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Moon Township, PA.

Robert Morris was lifeless offensively from the start, failing to reach double figures in points until 3:47 remaining in the first half. By then, it was too late, as Lafayette held a 32-11 lead, and would enter halftime leading by a score of 36-16.

The Colonials simply had no answer for either Seth Hinrichs or Dan Trist in the first half, as the two entered the intermission with 15 and 8 points respectively.

The second half was just as poor as the first for Robert Morris, who trailed by as much as 40. Thanks to a 18-5 run, the Colonials were able to minimize the deficit slightly, still falling to the Leopards by a final score of 77-50.

Robert Morris shot an unsightly 25 percent from the field, making just 13 of their 52 attempts. Star senior forward Lucky Jones struggled mightily, totaling 10 points on 2-14 shooting. Sophomore guard Kavon Stewart also reached double figures with 10 points, although seven of them came from the free throw line.

Trist led the way for Lafayette with 21 points, while sophomore guard Nick Lindner scored 18 and Hinrichs tallied 15. The Leopards outrebounded the Colonials 43-27.

Robert Morris will face an even tougher test on Sunday, as the team travels to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 6 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at  the Dean Smith center. Tip-off will be at 6 p.m.

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