|Robert Morris To Host Red Flash Wednesday|
Saint Francis U. (2-19 / 2-8 NEC) vs. RMU (15-8 / 7-3 NEC)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Charles L. Sewall Center (3,056) • Moon Township, Pa.
TV: Root Sports
Talent: Paul Dottino (play-by-play) & Joe DeSantis (color)
Radio: WPIT-AM 730
Talent: Chris Shovlin (play-by-play) & Jim Elias (color)
Follow RMU Men's Basketball on Twitter: @RMUMBasketball
Top Story - The Robert Morris University men's basketball team returns home to the Charles L. Sewall Center for a two-game homestand, beginning Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. tip against in-state rival Saint Francis U. in a contest that will be televised live on Root Sports. The Colonials are coming off a 60-57 victory @ LIU Brooklyn (2/2/13) as redshirt senior guard Velton Jones connected on a floater in the lane with 9.8 seconds left to help propel RMU to the win. Junior guard Karvel Anderson paced Robert Morris with 13 points against the Blackbirds, including a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds to go that helped seal the victory. Redshirt senior forward Russell Johnson added 12 points against LIU Brooklyn, while sophomore forward Lucky Jones contributed 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Colonials will close out their two-game homestand at the Sewall Center Saturday, Feb. 6, with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Wagner after taking on the Red Flash Wednesday.
Quick Stat of the Night - In the midst of its golden era of basketball, Andrew Toole has had a front seat for what Robert Morris has accomplished over the last six seasons. An assistant coach with the program in 2007-08 under former head coach Mike Rice (2007-10), Toole was elevated to associate head coach and served in the position from 2008 to 2010. Now in his third season as the eighth head coach in the 37-year Division I history of the program, Toole has been at the forefront of one of the most impressive runs in school history. Thanks to a 60-57 victory @ LIU Brooklyn (2/2/13), RMU improved to 78-22 (.780) over its last 100 Northeast Conference games dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. It marks RMU's best stretch in school history, and overall since Toole joined the staff in 2007-08 the Colonials own a record of 132-64 (.675).
Wednesday's Opponent and The All-Time Series - The longest running rivalry in program history, Saint Francis U. and Robert Morris will meet for the 73rd time Wednesday, with the Colonials owning a 44-28 (.611) advantage in the all-time series. RMU enters Wednesday's game having won 10 straight in the all-time series against the Red Flash, which ties a school record for consecutive victories against a Northeast Conference opponent. RMU also won 10 straight over Wagner from Jan. 14, 1988, to Feb. 3, 1992. In the opening game of the 2012-13 season series, the Colonials posted an 84-70 win over the Red Flash at DeGol Arena (1/24/13). In that contest junior guard Karvel Anderson led four players in double figures scoring for Robert Morris with a game-high 22 points off the bench. Anderson scored 19 consecutive points for RMU in the first half, turning a 20-13 edge into a 39-20 cushion.
Lucky Charms - In addition to entering Wednesday's game against in-state rival Saint Francis U. leading the Colonials in rebounding by pulling down an average of 6.0 caroms per contest, sophomore forward Lucky Jones is slowing developing into an outside threat for RMU. Over the last five games, Jones has shot an even 50 percent (10-for-20) from beyond the arc and overall against Northeast Conference foes has converted 46.9 percent (15-for-32) of his attempts from deep. That percentage is good enough to lead Robert Morris as well as rank fourth in the NEC. Since returning from a one-game suspension, Jones has averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds over RMU's last seven games.
The Center of Attention - In addition to his late-game heroics in a 60-57 win @ LIU Brooklyn (2/2/13), redshirt senior guard Velton Jones became just the ninth player in the 32-year history of the Northeast Conference, and the first Colonial, to eclipse career totals of 1,500 points and 500 assists. Jones is the first player in the NEC to turn the trick since Jeremy Goode of Mount St. Mary's and Jaytornah Wisseh of LIU Brooklyn concluded their respective careers in 2010. Goode finished with 1,716 points and 603 assists, while Wisseh compiled 1,693 points and 538 dimes. Jones enters Wednesday's game against Saint Francis U. with career totals of 1,508 points and 505 assists, which rank fifth and second, respectively, in the Robert Morris career record book.
In The Clutch - You certainly could say that Robert Morris has a flair for the dramatic. In a 60-57 victory @ LIU Brooklyn (2/2/13), redshirt senior guard Velton Jones added to his legacy of game-winning shots, as his jumper with 9.8 seconds remaining helped propel the Colonials to the win over the Blackbirds. A look at the last 10 Colonials to sink a buzzer beater for Robert Morris:
* NEC Tournament; # three-pointer
Chicks Dig The Long Ball - The three-pointer and Robert Morris has become synonymous over the last decade and-a-half, and the Colonials are continuing in that vain in 2012-13. Over the last 16 games, a stretch in which RMU is 12-4 (.750), the Colonials have averaged 9.6 three-point field goals per contest while shooting 41 percent (153-for-373) from beyond the arc. The recent surge has the Colonials leading the Northeast Conference in three-point field goals per game (8.43) while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.375). The Colonials enter Wednesday's tilt against Saint Francis U. on pace to finish the 2012-13 regular-season with 261 three-pointers, which would rank second in the RMU single-season record book.