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Robert Morris rallies in tournament opener

By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Robert Morris used a 12-0 run in the second half to rally for a 67-60 victory over Indiana State in the first round of the Tournament on Tuesday.

A crowd of 2,113 saw RMU rally from a pair of double-digit deficits.

Coron Williams had 11 points and Velton Jones 10 for the Colonials (25-10), who advanced to the second round against an opponent to be determined.

After Indiana State's Lucas Eitel hit a 3-pointer with 12:16 left, the Sycamores led, 49-39. But Robert Morris scored 12 straight points over the next five minutes, taking a 51-49 advantage on a layup by Lucky Jones.

Indiana State (18-15) came back to tie it, Lawrence Bridges converted a putback with 5:46 remaining to give the Colonials the lead for good.

Robert Morris led, 61-58, with 40 seconds left before Velton Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Sycamores' R.J. Mahurin grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to cut the deficit to 61-60.

However, the Colonials sealed it by going 6 of 6 from the free-throw line down the stretch.



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