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Ohio Faces Robert Morris in First Road Test

Walter Offutt

Dec. 1, 2012

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January 2, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio's Rally Falls Short Against Robert Morris
Junior guard D.J. Cooper's 3-pointer from the top of the key rimmed out as time expired which handed the Ohio University men's basketball team (12-2) a 70-67 setback to Robert Morris Monday night at the Convocation Center.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (6-0) faces Robert Morris Saturday night in Moon Township, Pa. at the Charles L. Sewall Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Ohio returns to the hardwood after rallying past St. Bonaventure 69-64 Wednesday night at home. Senior guard D.J. Cooper scored five of his team-high 16 points in the final 40 seconds to help Ohio to its 15th straight win at home.

Saturday night's matchup at Robert Morris is Ohio's first road game of the year. In 14 road games last year, the Bobcats were 8-6, averaging 68.9 points per game, while limiting their opponents to just 65.2 points per game. Ohio shot .427 percent from the field away from the Convocation Center.

Ohio's meeting with Robert Morris will mark the 10th all-time meeting with the Colonials. Robert Morris leads the all-time series 5-4. The two teams met last season on Jan. 2 at the Convocation Center with RMU earning a 70-67 victory, handing the Bobcats their only loss at home during the 2011-12 campaign.

The Colonials (3-4) enter Saturday night's matchup with the Bobcats after suffering a 61-52 setback at Savannah State to close out the month of November. Robert Morris shot 28.6 percent from the field against Savannah State. In two previous home games, RMU shot 47.4 from the field in victories over Bowling Green and Cleveland State.

Robert Morris' three other losses came at Rider, against Lehigh in the Preseason NIT Tournament and at Xavier.

Redshirt senior guard Velton Jones leads the Colonials averaging 13.0 points per game. He also averages 5.4 assists per game, which ranks third in the Northeast Conference. Sophomore forward Lucky Jones is also averaging double figures in scoring (10.4). Jones enters the game in the hopes of building off of his career-high 18 point performance at Savannah State.

Head coach Andrew Toole coaches the Colonials. In 2011-12, Toole guided Robert Morris to a 26-11 record and a No. 3 seed in the NEC Tournament.