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Top Story - The Robert Morris University men's basketball team continues play in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Fairfield at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn. The Colonials advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 CIT thanks to a 69-51 victory @ Toledo (3/17/12) in the second round. RMU converted 50 percent (23-for-46) of its shots from the field against the Rockets as redshirt sophomore guard Coron Williams led four players in double figures scoring with a game-high 17 points. Freshman forward Lucky Jones added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench, while redshirt juniors Velton Jones and Russell Johnson each scored 10 points. Robert Morris is making its fourth postseason appearance in the last five years by taking part in the 2012 CIT, as the Colonials appeared in the NIT in 2008 while earning back-to-back berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2010.
Quick Stat of the Night - Robert Morris found its groove from beyond the arc in a 69-51 victory @ Toledo (3/17/12) in the second round of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, converting 10 of its 21 three-point field goal attempts, a success rate of 47.6 percent. Redshirt sophomore guard Coron Williams led the way against the Rockets with a 4-for-9 performance from long range, while freshman forwardLucky Jones finished 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Colonials enter Wednesday's game @ Fairfield with a perfect 6-0 record so far this season when converting at least 10 three-pointers in a game and in two seasons under head coach Andrew Tooleown a record of 10-1 (.909) when turning the trick. RMU's only loss over that span is an 84-75 setback Sacred Heart (1/29/11), when the Colonials finished 11-for-29.
Wednesday's Opponent and The All-Time Series - Robert Morris has never squared off against Fairfield on the hardwood in its 36-year Division I history, as Wednesday's game marks the inaugural meeting between the two programs. The Stags are the sixth team, and second straight, that RMU faces for the first time in school history in 2011-12, joining Philly Hoop Group Classic participants Penn (11/19/11) and La Salle (11/25/11), Louisiana-Lafayette (12/17/11), Hampton (12/20/11) and Toledo (3/17/12). RMU is 4-1 (.800) so far this season against opponents its facing off with for the first time, falling to the Quakers before rebounding to earn victories over the Explorers, Ragin' Cajuns, Pirates and Rockets.
Lucky Charms -Lucky Jones has shown steady improvement throughout the course of his first collegiate season in 2011-12, and the freshman forward has played his best basketball of the year during the month of March. Over the last five games, which includes three contests in the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament and a pair of tilts in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Jones has averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent (23-for-45) from the field and owning a team-high eight steals. Jones leads Robert Morris in rebounding entering Wednesday's game @ Fairfield with an average of 6.0 per game, and he is just the second freshman in school history to eclipse 200 rebounds in a season. Jones owns 205 caroms, behind only all-time leading rebounder Anthony Dickens (1985-90), who posted 237 boards in his first season in 1985-86.
Off The Deep End - While freshman forward Lucky Jones has excelled during the month of March, so has redshirt sophomore guard Coron Williams. A member of the 2012 All-Northeast Conference Tournament Team, Williams leads the Colonials over the last five games with a points per game average of 15.4 and is converting 51 percent (24-for-49) of his shots from the floor, including an astounding 58.8 percent (20-for-34) from beyond the arc. Williams enters Wednesday's game @ Fairfield shooting 41.5 percent (85-for-205) from long range overall, which ranks fourth in the NEC.
Long Distance Dialing - Thanks to tying an RMU single-game record for three-pointers with 16 in an 87-68 victory over Monmouth (3/1/12) in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament, the Colonials eclipsed 200 three-pointers on the year and enter Wednesday's game with 235. It marks the eighth time in the last nine seasons that Robert Morris has eclipsed 200 three-pointers in a season. The top two sharpshooters from long range for RMU this year have been redshirt sophomore guardCoron Williams and redshirt junior guard Velton Jones, who have combined for 145 three-pointers. That total is the second highest by an RMU tandem in school history.
Toole Time - Robert Morris is led by second-year head coach Andrew Toole, who will coach his 69th game Wednesday @ Fairfield in the quarterfinals of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. In his 68 games on the sidelines, RMU has held its opponents to 70 points or less in 47 contests, an amazing 69.1 percent of the time. The Colonials own a record of 38-9 (.809) in those games, including a mark of 21-1 (.955) when holding their opponents to less than 60 points.
A Special Season - Redshirt junior guard Velton Jones became the seventh different Colonial in school history to eclipse the 500-point plateau earlier this season and enters Wednesday's game with 579 points this year, which ranks third in the RMU single-season record book . Jones, both a 2012 All-Northeast Conference First Team and 2012 All-NEC Tournament Team selection, needs just seven points to move into second place, and his 579 points are the most by a Colonial since former guard Jeremy Chappell (2005-09) scored 585 in helping lead Robert Morris to the 2009 NEC Tournament championship. Even with his ability to score, Jones also owns a team-high 162 assists this season, which ranks as the fifth highest total in single-season history. Jones is the only Colonial in school history to own top five totals in both points and assists in the same season.
Golden Era - While Robert Morris is in the midst of its golden era in the 36-year history as a Division I program, an area that gets credit for that success is RMU's ability to convert from beyond the arc. Redshirt sophomore guard Coron Williams owns a team-high 85 three-pointers so far this season, which is tied for second in the RMU single-season record book. Williams, who is the third player in the last four years to hit at least 80 three-pointers in a season, is the eighth different Colonial in the last 11 years to post one of the top 10 single-season marks in three-point field goals.
The Comeback Kids - Robert Morris continues play in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament proving no lead is safe for its opponent. In seven of their last 10 road tilts, the Colonials have fallen behind by double digits, coming back to win four of them. In a 67-60 win @ Indiana State (3/13/12) in the first round of the 2012 CIT, RMU fell behind by 12 in the first half, 21-9, as well faced double-digit deficits seven times in the first eight minutes of the second half before roaring back for the victory. The win @ Indiana State marked the fourth time this season the Colonials have climbed out of a double-digit deficit for a victory and ninth time RMU has turned the trick in two seasons under head coach Andrew Toole. Included in that stretch is a 15-point deficit in the second half of an 81-73 overtime win @ Monmouth (1/21/12).
Rockin The Chalk - Redshirt junior guard Velton Jones leads Robert Morris in scoring this season with an average of 16.1 points per game, and no Colonial in school history has shown a penchant for getting to the free-throw line better. In a 71-64 win @ No. 2 Wagner (3/4/12) in the 2012 NEC Tournament semifinals, Jones finished 14-for-16 at the charity stripe, the 11th time this season he has visited the chalk at least 10 times. In 2011-12, Jones has established new RMU school records for free throws in a season (203) and career (393). Jones broke the career record thanks to a 5-for-7 performance at the charity stripe in a 67-60 victory @ Indiana State (3/13/12) in the first round of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, including a 4-for-4 showing in the final 23 seconds to seal the win. Amazingly, 35.1 percent (203-of-579) of the points scored this season for Jones and 31.5 percent (393-for-1,247) of his career points have come at the free-throw line.
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