Robert Morris Ends Rockets' Season in CIT Second Round, 69-51
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo's season, which saw the Rockets register a 15- win improvement from a year ago, came to a close Saturday afternoon in Savage Arena with a 69-51 defeat to Robert Morris (26-10) in the second round of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Sophomore G Rian Pearson topped the Rockets offensively with 14 points and was the only UT player to score in double figures. Junior G Curtis Dennis tallied nine points, while sophomore F Reese Holliday and freshman G Julius Brown scored seven points each.
Sophomore G Coron Williams paced the Colonials with a game-high 17 points and was joined in double figures by junior G Lucky Jones (13 pts., team-high six reb.), junior G Velton Jones (10 pts.) and junior F Russell Johnson (10 pts.).
Robert Morris held a sizable 35-26 advantage on the glass and also held UT to its second-lowest shooting mark (35.3 FG%) of the season. The Colonials shot 50.0 percent from the field, including a sizzling 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from behind the three-point arc.
UT (19-17) couldn't get any shots to fall from the tip as the Colonials' stifling defense limited the Rockets to a 20.7 first-half field-goal percentage.
Toledo missed its first 16 shots of the game as the Colonials surged to an 18-3 advantage. Sophomore C Richard Wonnell ended UT's draught at the 8:18 mark of the first by grabbing an offensive board and laying it back in.
The Rockets were able to cut their deficit to single digits, 34-26, by scoring six straight points three minutes into the second half. However, the Colonials responded with a 6-0 burst of their own to restore a 14-point cushion.
The closest UT came the rest of the contest was within 12 points.
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