Savannah State clamps down on Robert Morris men

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Preston Blackman scored 20 points and Savannah (5-3) State overcame 20 turnovers in the Tigers' 61-52 victory Monday night against the poor-shooting Robert Morris Colonials.

Blackman was 7 of 11 from the field with three of his four misses coming from beyond the arc. Stephen Wilson and Louis Arnold added 10 points apiece while Jyles Smith anchored Savannah State's defense with six blocks.

Robert Morris (3-4) led, 6-1, early but Savannah State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, rallied, taking a 23-17 halftime lead behind 12 first-half points from Blackman.

Blackman's lone 3-pointer of the game extended Savannah State's lead to 37-22 in the second half and the Tigers led by as many as 19 points (43-24) after intermission.

Savannah State held Robert Morris to just 28.6 percent shooting (16 of 56) and outrebounded the Colonials, 43-32.

Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with 18 points but was the only Colonials starter in double figures.

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