|Colonials, Seahawks Tangle Saturday|
Wagner (13-9 / 7-4 NEC) vs. Robert Morris (16-8 / 8-3 NEC)
Saturday, February 9, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Charles L. Sewall Center (3,056) • Moon Township, Pa.
Radio: WPIT-AM 730
Talent: Chris Shovlin (play-by-play) & Jim Elias (color)
Audio and Video available at www.rmucolonials.com
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Top Story - The Robert Morris University men's basketball team concludes a two-game homestand at the Charles L. Sewall Center Saturday when it welcomes Wagner for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Colonials are coming off a 60-48 victory over in-state rival Saint Francis U. (2/6/13) for their second straight win as sophomore forward Lucky Jones led RMU with a career-high 20 points on the strength of a perfect 13-for-13 performance at the free-throw line. Junior guard Karvel Anderson added 17 points, while redshirt senior forward Russell Johnson finished with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Colonials shot just 38.6 percent (17-for-44) from the field against the Red Flash but held SFU to a shooting percentage of 36.6 percent (15-for-41) in allowing their lowest point total of the 2012-13 campaign with 48 points. RMU returns to the road for a pair of games after hosting the Seahawks, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Quinnipiac at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 14.
Quick Stat of the Night - Sophomore forward Lucky Jones has come a long way shooting the ball since his debut in a Robert Morris uniform back in November of 2011, and he seems to be peaking at the right time for the Colonials. Jones finished 13-for-13 at the free-throw line in a 60-48 victory over Saint Francis U. (2/6/13) and enters Saturday's game against Wagner having converted each of his last 17 attempts at the charity stripe over RMU's last three games. It's part of stretch in which Jones has shot 85.7 percent (36-for-42) from the stripe in his last seven games since returning to the starting lineup. Even with the recent surge for Jones, the 17 consecutive free throws converted isn't the longest streak in his career. Earlier this season, Jones was successful on 23 straight free throws before having it snapped in a 61-58 win @ Campbell (12/4/12).
Saturday's Opponent and The All-Time Series - Wagner and Robert Morris tip for the 61st time Saturday, with the Colonials owning a 36-24 (.600) edge in the all-time series. The two programs split a pair of games in 2011-12, with the Seahawks earning an 80-69 win at the Spiro Sports Center (2/2/12) on Staten Island, N.Y., in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams last year before RMU posted a 71-64 win, also at the Spiro Sports Center (3/4/12), in the semifinals of the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. Guard Velton Jones paced Robert Morris with 25 points in the victory as part of the 2012 NEC Tournament, converting five of his 10 shots from the floor while going 14-for-16 at the free-throw line. Forward Russell Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds, while guard Coron Williams contributed 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.
Freebies - Sophomore forward Lucky Jones paced Robert Morris in a 60-48 victory over Saint Francis U. (2/6/13) with a career-high 20 points and in the process etched his name in the RMU record book. Jones posted a career high in points on the strength of a 13-for-13 performance at the free-throw line, and he established a new Charles L. Sewall Center record for most free throws without a miss by an RMU student-athlete. Jones broke the old record that was held by former Colonial Chaz McCrommon (2000-05), who finished 11-for-11 at the chalk in a 77-74 victory over Sacred Heart (2/26/05). Jones enters Saturday's game against Wagner ranked eighth in the Northeast Conference in free-throw percentage (.796).
Familiarity Breeds Consistency - Junior guard Karvel Anderson enters Saturday's game against Wagner leading Robert Morris in scoring at 12.9 points per game on the strength of his best shooting stretch of the 2012-13 campaign. Anderson finished with 17 points in a 60-48 win over Saint Francis U. (2/6/13), his fifth straight double-figure scoring game. Over that span, Anderson is supplying the Colonials with a 17.6 points per game average while shooting 54.7 percent (29-for-53) from the field, including 51.6 percent (16-for-31) from beyond the arc, and 93.3 percent (14-for-15) at the free-throw line. He currently ranks third in the NEC in three-point field goals made per game (2.68) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.434).
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. Despite a season-low with four three-pointers in a 60-48 win over Saint Francis U. (2/6/13), over the last 17 games, a stretch in which RMU is 13-4 (.765), the Colonials have averaged 9.2 three-point field goals per contest while shooting 40.8 percent (157-for-385) from beyond the arc. The recent surge has the Colonials leading the Northeast Conference in both three-point field goals per game (8.35) and three-point field goal percentage (.374). The Colonials enter Saturday's tilt just a pair of triples shy of eclipsing 200 three-pointers for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Movable Parts - With senior redshirt guard Velton Jones and junior forward Mike McFadden each missing RMU's 60-48 victory over Saint Francis U. (2/6/13), head coach Andrew Toole employed a starting lineup that featured forwards Russell Johnson and Lucky Jones, center Stephan Hawkins and guards Anthony Myers-Pate and Coron Williams. It marked the ninth different starting lineup that Toole has employed on the 2012-13 campaign. Toole has used nine different starting lineups in his first season as head coach in 2010-11 and over the course of his three years as head coach at RMU has used 25 different starting fives. So far in 2012-13, the Colonials are a perfect 3-0 with either Myers-Pate or Hawkins as a member of the starting lineup.