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Keeping Up with the Joneses

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pittsburgh - A pair of student-athletes from the Robert Morris University men's basketball team were awarded postseason honors Tuesday, as redshirt junior guard Velton Jones (Philadelphia, Pa. / Northeast Catholic) was named to the 2012 All-Northeast Conference First Team in a vote by league head coaches, while freshman forward Lucky Jones  (Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony) earned a spot on the 2012 All-NEC Rookie Team.

The 6'0", 170-pound Velton Jones earns his first All-NEC plaudit and enters the 2012 NEC Tournament leading the Colonials in scoring (16.5 ppg), assists (133) and steals (60).

Velton Jones (pictured right) became the 20th member of the RMU 1,000-Point Club earlier this season and seven times this yearVeltonJonesRMU has eclipsed the 20-point plateau. Included in those games is a career-high 38 points in an 82-77 victory at James Madison (11/22/11) as part of the 2011 Philly Hoop Group Classic and a 35-point performance in an 81-73 overtime win at Monmouth (1/21/12).

On the 2011-12 campaign, Velton Jones has amassed 512 points, which ranks 10th in the Robert Morris single-season record book. Possessing an uncanny ability to drive the lane and draw contact, Velton Jones has established RMU single-season records for both free throws (175) and free-throw attempts (232).

Velton Jones enters Thursday's quarterfinal contest in the 2012 NEC Tournament against Monmouth with career totals of 1,180 points, 335 assists and 161 steals, which ranks 13th, 10th and tied for eighth, respectively, in the RMU career record book. Velton Jones is the 15th different player in school history to earn a spot on the All-NEC First Team as well as the first since former Colonial Jeremy Chappell (2005-09) in 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                       
In his first season with the Colonials, the 6'5", 195-pound Lucky Jones has given RMU an immediate boost, averaging 8.1 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest. He is the 14th different player in school history to be named to the All-NEC Rookie Team.

In his collegiate debut, an 83-57 victory over Rider (11/11/11) at the Sewall Center, Lucky Jones led the Colonials by grabbing 13 rebounds. He bettered that total in an 81-73 overtime win @ Monmouth (1/21/12) by pulling down a career-high 14 caroms.

LuckyJonesRMUOn the 2011-12 campaign, the 175 boards for Lucky Jones (pictured left) ranks as the second highest total in single-season school history by a freshman, trailing only the 237 rebounds former Colonial Anthony Dickens (1985-90) pulled down in 1985-86.

Led by second-year head coach Andrew Toole, Robert Morris concluded the 2011-12 regular season with an overall record of 22-9, including a mark of 13-5 in the NEC that was good enough to earn third place.

The Colonials make their ninth straight appearance in the NEC Tournament and 28th overall by hosting No. 6 seed Monmouth in a quarterfinal tilt Thursday, March 1. Tip time at the Charles L. Sewall Center is 7:00 p.m.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.