Velton Jones leads Robert Morris to win vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
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Velton Jones scored 22 points to lead Robert Morris against Fairleigh Dickinson, 67-55, Thursday night, securing a sweep in the season series against the Knights.
Lucky Jones added 16 points and Lijah Thompson had 14 for the Colonials (14-6, 5-2 Northeast Conference), who also beat Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 1.
Robert Morris had a 27-26 edge at halftime, but came out strong in the second and outscored Fairleigh Dickinson, 40-29, in the final 20 minutes to clinch the win.
The Colonials won the rebounding battle 32-28, while outscoring the Knights 26-18 in the paint.
Robert Morris also outscored FDU, 21-8, on second-chance points.
Melquan Bolding led the Knights (1-17, 0-7) with 15 points.
Fairleigh Dickinson is on a 14-game losing slide, the Knights' most recent win coming Nov. 18 against Saint Peter's, a 4-15 team.
The difference in the game came down to the free-throw line where the Colonials made 20 of 25 including a perfect 12 of 12 in the second half.
The Knights made only 10 of 16 from the line and only 3 of 8 in the second half including a crucial miss of the front end of a one-and-one when they had a 52-51 lead with 5:45 left in the game.
RMU also forced the Knights into 18 turnovers and scored 25 points off FDU's miscues.
The Knights only scored eight points off 11 Colonials turnovers.
First Published January 20, 2012 12:00 am