District basketball roundup: Robert Morris controls second half in win

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Jeremiah Worthem scored 21 points to lead Robert Morris past Mount St. Mary's, 77-69, Saturday at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md.

Leading, 66-65, with less than three minutes to play, Robert Morris (9-10, 4-0 Northeast Conference) closed the game by hitting 11 of 12 free throws. The Colonials shot 83.3 percent from the free-throw line for the game.

Worthem, a freshman, made all six of his free throws and was 7 of 11 from the field. Lucky Jones added 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

After trailing by six at halftime, the Colonials went on a 14-3 run early in the second half to take a 43-40 lead.

Robert Morris has now won four in a row after a stretch of just two wins in 10 games, and is the only NEC team unbeaten in conference play.

The Mountaineers' high-scoring backcourt did its part, as Rashad Whack led Mount St. Mary's (6-11, 2-2) with 22 points, Sam Prescott scored 16 and Julian Norfleet added 11 .

Robert Morris, though, won the rebounding battle, 40-33, and shot 30 free throws to the Mountaineers' 13.

Karvel Anderson had scored more than 15 points in five consecutive games, but the Colonials' leading scorer was held to 12 Saturday, 7.6 points below his season average.

Other men's games

■ Purdue 65, Penn State 64: Terone Johnson had 14 points and five rebounds to lead Purdue past visiting Penn State. Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman each scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won three conference games in a row for the first time since February 2012. Tim Frazier had 19 points and 10 rebounds and D.J. Newbill added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6), who have lost six in a row, all in league play. Terone Johnson made a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to tie the score at 64 and Ronnie Johnson broke up Penn State's inbounds pass before A.J. Hammons hit a free throw with a second left to capture the win. Newbill was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:25 remaining and made 2 of 3 free throws to give the Nittany Lions a 60-57 lead.

■ Kansas State 78, West Virginia 56: Shane Southwell and Thomas Gipson scored 20 points apiece and Marcus Foster added 15 as host Kansas State (14-4, 4-1 Big 12) routed West Virginia. Eron Harris had 21 points and Juwan Staten added 16 and 11 rebounds in a third consecutive loss for the Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3). Kansas State's lockdown defense continues to blossom as the Wildcats limited West Virginia to 32.7 percent shooting (16 of 49). The Mountaineers entered averaging 79.9 points per game while shooting just under 46 percent. The 22-point loss was the largest loss of the season for the Mountaineers.

Women's games

■ Duquesne 62, Rhode Island 47: Wumi Agunbiade posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Orsi Szecsi added 14 points and Duquesne (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic 10) pulled away in the second half to beat Rhode Island (6-12, 1-4) at Palumbo Center. April Robinson finished with 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the Dukes, who held a 40-30 edge on the boards but led by just two at halftime en route to their fourth victory in a row.

■ Robert Morris 83, Saint Francis 69: Artemis Spanou just missed a triple-double with 25 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists, and the Colonials (8-8, 4-1 NEC) dominated the second half after trailing at the break in a win against Saint Francis (4-12, 2-3) at Sewall Center.

■ West Virginia 77, Oklahoma 63: Christal Caldwell was 5 of 5 from 3-point range in scoring 23 points, Bria Holmes added 21 points and the Mountaineers (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) topped the Sooners (11-7, 2-3) at WVU Coliseum.

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