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Robert Morris downs Wagner 77-73

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Jones scores 18 and grabs 9 boards in victory

Robert Morris snapped a five-game road losing streak Thursday night with a 77-73 victory over Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center.

The Colonials improved to 6-9 overall on the 2014-15 campaign with the win, including 2-1 in the Northeast Conference, while the Seahawks fell to 3-11 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Holding a 59-51 lead with 12:25 remaining after a pair of free throws from freshman forward Elijah Minnie, Wagner used an 11-3 run to tie the game, 62-62, at the 6:34 mark of the second half. Marcus Burton scored a pair of layups for the Seahawks, while Corey Henson buried a 3-pointer.

RMU grabbed the lead back, 64-62, thanks to a pair of free throws from senior forward Lucky Jones with 5:20 to play. The pair of free throws from Jones began a stretch in which the Colonials went 13-for-16 at the charity stripe to seal the victory.

The only field goal in the final five minutes of play for Robert Morris came courtesy of sophomore guard Kavon Stewart, who hit a jumper in the lane with 3:11 left that gave the Colonials a 67-63 advantage.

Jones would give RMU a 73-68 edge with 31.8 seconds to play thanks to a pair of free throws, but Wagner didn't fold, as Burton connected from beyond the arc to pull the Seahawks to within 73-71 with 18 seconds remaining. Jones was fouled on RMU's ensuing possession and hit both to again make it a two-possession game, then sealed the win with two more at the chalk with 6.8 seconds to go.

Robert Morris never trailed in the contest, jumping out to leads of 13-3 and 19-9 before grabbing its biggest advantage of the contest, 23-12, after a pair of free throws from junior guard Rodney Pryor at the 11:01 mark of the first half. Pryor scored 15 points in the first half to help bolster the Colonials to a 43-36 lead at halftime.

RMU was able to keep Wagner at bay thanks to a 27-for-35 (77.1 percent) performance at the free-throw line. Jones registered his first double-double of the 2014-15 campaign and eighth of his career with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He finished 12-for-14 at the stripe.

"We challenged our guys to get off to a better start than we did at Saint Francis, and I thought our guys came out with great energy," head coach Andrew Toole. "Wagner switched defenses in the second half, and they made it difficult to get into our sets. Lucky stepped up and hit some huge, huge free throws late in the game. I'm thankful we were able to get the win."

Pryor tied for team-high honors with Jones with 18 points and added four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Also finishing in double figures for Robert Morris was freshman guard Marcquise Reed, who finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-3 from deep, while going 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. He also added four steals.

Burton garnered game-high honors in scoring with 21 points for Wagner. He was joined in double figures by Henson, who scored 16 points, and Romone Saunders, who finished with 12.

Robert Morris closes out a three-game road swing Saturday, Jan. 10, with a 3:30 p.m. tip against Central Connecticut State at Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn.

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