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Robert Morris completes road trip with win over Louisiana Monroe

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Pryor leads with 22 as Colonials defense produces 14 steals

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Robert Morris wrapped up play in the Battle 4 Atlantis as well as a five-game road trip Thursday afternoon with a 71-54 victory over the University of Louisiana at Monroe at McKenzie Arena.

The Colonials improved to 2-4 overall on the 2014-15 campaign with the win, while the Warhawks slipped to 2-3.

RMU opened the game with its most consistent offensive flurry of the year in jumping out to a 10-2 advantage as freshman guard Marcquise Reed scored five points, junior forward Stephan Bennett hit a jumper and senior guard David Appolon converted a three-point play.

ULM finally found its offensive footing behind the play of Marvin Williams, who scored 12 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a 2-for-4 performance at the free-throw line. His jumper with 11:25 remaining in the first half capped a 10-4 run and helped the Warhawks trim their deficit to 14-12.

Junior guard Rodney Pryor, who led all scorers with 22 points off the bench, stemmed the tide with a jumper, and a pair of free throws from junior forward Aaron Tate pushed RMU's advantage to 18-12.

ULM closed to within 20-19 thanks to a three-pointer from Lance Richard at the 7:28 mark of the first half, but the Warhawks were never able to grab the lead. The Colonials responded with a 15-5 surge to grab their first double-digit advantage, 35-24, thanks to a three-point play from Reed.

Robert Morris eventually entered the break with a 37-26 advantage thanks to a balanced offensive attack. Nine different Colonials scored before halftime, led by Reed with eight points.

"It was a complete team effort," head coach Andrew Toole said. "What I was really happy to see was that we kept our intensity the entire game and were engaged both offensively and defensively. We made simple decisions on offense. We had balance, getting shots in the paint and when they weren't there, kicking it outside."

Pryor took over for the Colonials in the second half, scoring 10 consecutive points at one point and finishing the afternoon 8-for-9 shooting from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-3 at the free-throw line.

The Warhawks only trimmed their deficit into single digits once in the second half, as a layup from Mack Foster with 8:44 to play cut RMU's advantage to 53-44. The Colonials, however, would score the next six points, including four free throws by Appolon and a jumper from Pryor, to keep ULM at bay.

Joining Pryor in double figures for Robert Morris was Appolon and senior forward Lucky Jones. Appolon chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals, while Jones scored 12 points off the bench and also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Williams led ULM with 14 points but scored just two after halftime, while Justin Roberson added 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks for the Warhawks.

A five-game road swing complete, the Colonials open a three-game homestand at the Charles L. Sewall Center Tuesday, Dec. 2, with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Youngstown State.

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