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November 9, 2012
RMU stunned by Rider
This was not the start Robert Morris was looking for.
Robert Morris struggled on offense, couldn't stop Rider on defense, and never was in control as Rider routed Robert Morris 79-54 Friday night in Lawrenceville, N.J.
St. John's transfer Nurideen Lindsey made Robert Morris his victim in his Rider debut, as he scored 26 points and dished out five assists to lead Rider.
The Colonials were without Russell Johnson, who sat out with a combination of an ankle injury and potential NCAA compliance issues. There was no word as to which issue kept Johnson out, but he was limited in practice on Wednesday and head coach Andrew Toole didn't seem bothered by the paperwork concerns midweek.
Robert Morris also had a hobbled Velton Jones, as the senior point guard missed most of the second half due to cramps.
It may not have mattered. Rider started hot offensively and rode a 40-27 halftime lead. With the Broncs trailing 8-6 early, Lindsey sparked a 15-4 run, scoring nine points as Rider took the lead and never trailed again.
Rider extended the lead with contributions from the other starters. Daniel Stewart and Anthony Myles scored 11 points each and Jonathan Thompson added 10. Junior Fortunat led the Broncs with nine rebounds.
Ahead 44-30, Rider used a 15-4 run with 10:25 to play to put the game away.
Rider shot 50.9 percent (27 of 53) for the game while Robert Morris struggled from the field, shooting just 25.5 percent (13 of 21) for the game.
Karvel Anderson led the Colonials in scoring with 11 points off the bench in his Division I debut. Forward Vaughn Morgan earned his first start at the Division I level and led the Colonials with six rebounds, while freshman Stephan Hawkins had two points and two rebounds in ten minutes.
Anderson was the only RMU player in double figures as the Colonials had an abysmal 17 to 7 turnover to assist ratio. The Colonials were also outscored 36-16 in the paint.
Robert Morris returns to the Pittsburgh area for the start of the NIT Season Tip-Off against Lehigh on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Officials: Jim Haney, Robert Adams, Josh White
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