Jones, Anderson, Myers-Pate pace Robert Morris men in victory
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Robert Morris won its second consecutive game and improved to 5-7 with a 72-61 victory against Campbell on Wednesday at Sewall Center.
The backcourt trio of Lucky Jones, Karvel Anderson and Anthony Myers-Pate combined to score 46 points for the Colonials, who embark on their longest road trip of the season beginning Saturday at Oakland (Rochester, Mich.).
The next time the Colonials play at Sewall Center is Jan. 16 against St. Francis (Pa.). RMU is 2-0 against Campbell.
Campbell (4-7), which is from Buies Creek, N.C., and plays in the Big South, dropped its fourth consecutive game.
Despite being outrebounded (33-27), giving up too many second-chance points (15-6) and being beaten on the break (11-8), the Colonials shot 50 percent (9 for 18) from beyond the 3-point line and hit clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off the Fighting Camels.
“I thought we did a lot of things good early, were sluggish in the middle and made some plays late to be able secure the win,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said.
Toole was pleased with his team's effort defending the 3-point arc. He said that was a key to the victory.
Campbell, which entered the game averaging nine 3-pointers per game, was 7 for 22. Their best two shooters, Andrew Ryan (1 for 6) and Luke Moyer (2 for 5) combined to finish 3 for 11.
“We had to take away the 3-point shot,” Toole said. “We took away six points, which were big.”
Jones said not allowing Campbell to get in a zone was a big part of the win.
“They couldn't get the 3-ball going, so they had to work harder to get to the basket against our zone,” Jones said. “We picked up our energy in the second half. We knew we were better than them.”
Campbell began getting second-chance points early in the second half to cut the Colonials' lead to 47-45.
But Anderson found Aaron Tate for a short jumper, and Anderson followed with one of his four 3-pointers to push the lead to 52-47. The Colonials slowed pulled away from there.
“We had guys who gave great effort Saturday (at Duquesne),” Toole said. “I was happy with some of the guys off the bench, but I wasn't happy with everyone.
“Aaron and Kavon were two of the players to perform well off the bench. Aaron was very good again. He was active, did a good job defensively and in the right spot. Other guys weren't as engaged as they should have been.”
Robert Morris also found a rhythm in scoring against Campbell's 1-3-1 zone.
“We just had to get to the ball to the middle of the floor,” Jones said. “We had to go through ball-screen scenarios and look for the opened shots.”
Jones led Robert Morris with 18 points, Anderson had 16, and Myers-Pate finished with 12 points and eight assists. Stewart played well off the bench, scoring five points and recording four steals and three assists.
Robert Morris built a 17-7 lead in the first half by going 7 for 11 from the field. During that stretch, Anderson hit two 3-pointers.
The lead grew to 31-19 on a steal and layup by Stewart.
Campbell scored the next seven points to trim the lead to 31-26 before Jeremiah Worthem hit a foul-line jumper. Jones' 3-pointer with 3.6 left in the first half gave the Colonials a 36-29 halftime lead.
Campbell turned over the ball 12 times in the first half and finished with 18.
D.J. Mason led Campbell with 12 points, and Ryan had 12 rebounds.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.
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