Colonials enter postseason on a hot streak

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

Russell Johnson scored 20 points to lead five Robert Morris players in double figures as the Colonials ended their regular season with an 81-61 Northeast Conference victory -- their fifth in a row -- against Central Connecticut State Saturday in New Britain, Conn.

The Colonials (22-9, 14-4) are the conference's regular-season champion and will host St. Francis Brooklyn in the first round Wednesday at Sewall Center.

Robert Morris jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening four minutes and led, 43-29, at the half. Coron Williams had 14 of his 17 points in the first half and sank 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Three of Williams' 3-pointers came on consecutive possessions.

The Colonials never led by fewer than 14 points after halftime. Velton Jones finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals, and Lucky Jones and Mike McFadden had 10 points each, with Lucky Jones also grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Blue Devils (13-16, 9-9), seeded seventh in the NEC tournament, were led by 17 points from Matt Hunter, 11 by Kyle Vinales -- half of his average -- and 10 by Brandon Peel.

Johnson, who finished 8 for 14 from the field -- including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc -- gave the Colonials a 16-point lead with 5:59 left. Anthony Myers-Pate gave Robert Morris its biggest lead of the game at 81-54 on a layup with 2:25 remaining.

Despite getting outrebounded, 34-27, the Colonials were efficient offensively. They shot 48.4 percent (30 of 62), including 44.4 percent (12 of 27) on 3-pointers.

Vinales, who entered the game as the sixth-leading scorer in Division I, was held to 3-of-15 shooting and an 0-for-6 performance from 3-point range.

mobilehome - rmusports


Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here