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Chattanooga takes down Robert Morris 61-46

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Jones scores 11 as Colonials fall to 1-4 on the young season

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Robert Morris shot just 27.8 percent (15-for-54) from the field in dropping its second consecutive game Saturday afternoon with a 61-46 setback against Chattanooga at McKenzie Arena as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Colonials, who are 1-3 on their current five-game road swing, are off to a 1-4 start for the first time since 2009-10. The Mocs, meanwhile, improved to 2-3.

Chattanooga took control in the opening minutes of second half, using a 13-2 run to turn a seven-point advantage at halftime, 32-25, into a 45-27 cushion with 12:53 to play. Greg Pryor hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Mocs to help bolster the offense.

"We defended well, but we couldn't make a shot," head coach Andrew Toole said. "At the start of the second half we missed a layup, a pair of three-pointers and a wide-open jumper that were within the flow of our offense while missing a pair of free throws. From there the air came out of the balloon."

Pryor buried his third 3-pointer of the second half for Chattanooga with 10:10 remaining that gave the Mocs their biggest lead, 50-29, but that triple would be the final field goal for UTC the rest of the contest.

RMU was able to trim its deficit to 51-40 thanks to an 11-1 run that featured five points from junior guard Rodney Pryor and four points from junior forward Stephan Bennett, but Chattanooga was able to keep the Colonials at bay thanks to the free-throw shooting of Casey Jones.

In the final 3:53 of action, Jones was 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. Overall he finished 9-for-10 at the free-throw line in tying for game-high honors with 13 points. Jones also grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double and blocked a pair of shots.

In the first half, the Mocs jumped out to a 9-3 lead before Robert Morris responded with an 8-2 surge of its own to knot the score, 11-11. The Colonials grabbed their first lead, 17-16, with 9:03 left before the break thanks to a pair of free throws from Bennett.

Freshman forward Elijah Minnie would connect from beyond the arc to give RMU a 20-19 edge, but an 11-0 run gave the Mocs their first double-digit lead, 30-20, with 3:14 to go before halftime.

Junior forward Lucky Jones was the only player in double figures for the Colonials with 11 points. He also added three rebounds. Rodney Pryor finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists for RMU, while Bennett and senior guard DavidAppolon each contributed eight points.

Joining Casey Jones in scoring 13 points for Chattanooga was Justin Tuoyo and Greg Pryor. Tuoyo finished 5-for-10 shooting and tallied six rebounds, three blocks and a steal, while Greg Pryor was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

RMU concludes its five-game road trip as well as the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday, Nov. 27, with a Noon tip against UL Monroe at McKenzie Arena.

 

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