Robert Morris guard Jones off to strong start
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When Robert Morris junior guard Velton Jones scored 38 points in a win over James Madison last week, it tied him nationally with two other players for the second-highest scoring output this season.
The other players are Rhode Island's Jamal Wilson and Saint Joseph's Carl Jones.
Another Northeast Conference player, Central Connecticut State freshman Kyle Vinales, had the single-game season high with 39 points against Niagara.
Jones, who averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the three-game Philly Hoop Group Classic against James Madison, La Salle and Pitt, tied for the fourth-highest single-game total at RMU with his showing against James Madison. He converted 15 free throws, tied for the second-highest total in school history, and scored 15 of RMU's final 20 points.
Former RMU guard Gene Nabors tallied 38 points in a 72-52 win over St. Francis (Pa.) in the 2000 NEC Tournament.
The Colonials open their NEC schedule with home games this week against Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth at Sewall Center.
> > Penn State's Alex Brantley needs 38 points to become the seventh active Big Ten women's player to reach 1,000 career points.
Two other conference players also are closing in on the mark. Michigan's Carmen Reynolds needs 28 points to reach 1,000, and Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson is 35 points shy.
Meanwhile, Penn State's Nikki Greene needs two rebounds to reach 500 for her career.
> > St. Francis (Pa.) sophomore Alli Williams from Altoona was named NEC Player of the Week after scoring 25 points in back-to-back wins against Akron and Bucknell.
Williams averaged 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals while shooting 55 percent from the floor (16 of 29) and 85 percent from the foul line (17 of 20).
Penn State (5-2) at Boston College (2-4)
When/where: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday/Conte Forum, Chestnut Hills, Mass.
On air: ESPNU/KQV-AM (1410), Penn State Radio Network
Line: Penn State by 2.5
Series: Boston College leads, 6-5
Of note: Penn State is 4-6 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games and has won three of the past four.
Players to watch
Penn State: Tim Frazier, Jr., G — Has recorded at least 20 points and 10 assists in three of his first six games.
Boston College: Patrick Heckmann, Fr., G — Shooting threat from Germany averaging a team-high 13.8 points.
La Salle (2-5) at West Virginia (3-2)
When/where: 7 p.m. Wednesday/ WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.
Series: West Virginia leads, 1-0
Of note: West Virginia has held all five of its opponents to less than 60 points.
Players to watch
West Virginia: Taylor Palmer, So., G — Averaging 18.4 points and leads the team with 34 3-pointers.
La Salle: Alexis Scott, Jr., G — Averaging a team-leading 12.3 points and is shooting 55 percent from the field.
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