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Abraham leads hot-shooting Robert Morris over Youngstown State

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Karon Abraham exploded was 8-of-15 from 3-point land and scored 16 points to lead Robert Morris over Youngstown State 90-60. Four other Colonials joined Abraham in double-figures as RMU was a blistering 13-of-24 from beyond the arc.

The Robert Morris University men's basketball team shot a season-high 57.4 percent (31-for-54) and improved to 3-0 at home on the 2010-11 campaign with a 90-60 victory over Youngstown State Saturday night at the Charles L. Sewall Center.

The Colonials improve to 4-5 overall with the win, while the Penguins slipped to 4-4 overall.

The first three and-a-half minutes of action saw three ties, with YSU taking an 8-5 advantage after a three-pointer by Vytas Sulskis, but sophomore guard Karon Abraham (Paterson, N.J. / Harp Academy) started RMU on a 28-11 run with one of his career-high eight three-pointers on the night.

The surge turned an 8-5 deficit into a 33-19 lead with 8:52 left before halftime. Abraham scored 10 points during the run, while redshirt sophomore guard Velton Jones (Philadelphia, Pa. / Northeast Catholic) and sophomore forward Lijah Thompson (Philadelphia, Pa. / Monsignor Bonner) each added eight points.

Robert Morris took its biggest lead of the first half, 48-22, after a three-pointer by Abraham with 4:06 to play in the first half.

Abraham scored 16 of his career-high 26 points in the first half, converting five of his seven shots from long range while going 1-for-1 at the free-throw line. Jones also reached double figures before intermission with 13 points.

Youngstown State opened the second half on a 7-2 run to trim its deficit to 52-33, but after a Colonial timeout Abraham drilled another field goal from beyond the arc to ignite 13-2 spurt run for RMU. Abraham scored seven points during the surge, including a four-point play with 13:45 remaining that gave the Colonials a 65-35 edge.

Freshman forward Yann Charles (Longueuil, Quebec / Champlain St. Albert) gave Robert Morris its largest lead, 76-44, after a jumper with 9:49 to play.

Abraham finished 8-for-15 shooting on the night, including an 8-for-12 performance from beyond the arc, to lead five players in double figures in scoring for RMU. Thompson scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, Jones added 15 points and redshirt sophomore forward Russell Johnson (Chester, Pa. / Chester) finished with 12 points.

Charles scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while freshman guard Anthony Myers (Washington, D.C. / Charis Prep) dished out 10 assists.

The Penguins were led by Sulskis, who finished with 12 points, while Ashen Ward and Tre Brewer each scored 10 points. YSU shot 39.3 percent (22-for-56) and was just 7-for-27 (25.9 percent) from beyond the arc.

RMU returns to action Saturday, Dec. 18, with a 3:00 p.m. tip against Appalachian State at the Holmes Center in Boone, N.C.

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