District roundup: Robert Morris men ease way to ninth NEC win

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Lucky Jones needed just three minutes to score the first 11 points for Robert Morris, which jumped out early in a wire-to-wire, 72-50 win against St. Francis Saturday at Peter Aquilone Court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jones stole the ball and scored on a jump shot barely 30 seconds into the game, and then banged down three consecutive 3-pointers to put the Colonials ahead, 11-4. He finished with 18 points and made two of Robert Morris' eight steals.

The eight steals and two blocked shots help the Colonials (14-11, 9-1 Northeast Conference) harry the Terriers (15-10, 6-4) into 14 turnovers and just 34 percent shooting. Jalen Cannon and Aleksandar Isailovic led the Terriers with 10 points each.

Robert Morris hit 50 percent from the field and a sparkling 8 of 10 from 3-point range with Jones making four and Karvel Anderson three.

Anderson scored all of his 13 points after halftime and Stephan Hawkins added 11 to help keep the Colonials atop the NEC standings.

Other men's game

■ Kansas 83, West Virginia 69: Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Wayne Selden added 17 and No. 8 Kansas survived a foul-fest to beat the Mountaineers and pad its lead in the Big 12 standings. Reserve Tarik Black added 11 points for the host Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12), who honored the 40th anniversary of their 1974 Final Four team by fending off West Virginia (14-10, 6-5) to take a two-game lead on surprising Texas in the conference race. Juwan Staten scored 22 points and Eron Harris had 17 for the Mountaineers, who dealt with foul trouble nearly the entire game. At one point, the Mountaineers had five players with four fouls apiece, and Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams eventually fouled out.

Women's games

■ West Virginia 84, Kansas 44: Bria Holmes had a career-high 31 points and Taylor Palmer surpassed 1,000 for her career as the No. 17 Mountaineers (20-3, 9-2 Big 12) routed Kansas (9-13, 3-8) at WVU Coliseum. Holmes reached the 30-point mark on two free throws with 3:34 left and Palmer achieved her scoring milestone on a 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the first half. Palmer was also the previous Mountaineer to score 30 or more when she had 30 against Oklahoma Jan. 3, 2013.

■ Robert Morris 101, St. Francis 95: Artemis Spanou scored a school-record 39 points with nine rebounds and Anna Niki Stamolamprou added 20 points to lead the Colonials (13-9, 9-2 NEC) past St. Francis (17-5, 6-5) in double overtime at Sewall Center. Spanou also set program records with 19 free throws on 23 attempts to help Robert Morris stay atop the NEC.

■ Dayton 87, Duquesne 77: Wumi Agunbiade scored a game-high 30 points but it wasn't enough for the Dukes (16-8, 8-3 Atlantic 10) to overcome Dayton at Palumbo Center. Agunbiade made 13 of 16 free throws and April Robinson added 19 points in the loss. Andrea Hoover scored 23 points to lead the Flyers (15-5, 8-1), who shot 53.6 percent.

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