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RMU Hosts Kentucky in NIT Tournament Tuesday Night

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Pittsburgh – The Robert Morris University men’s basketball team will make its second appearance in the postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Tuesday, March 19, when it hosts the University of Kentucky at the Charles L. Sewall Center in a 7:30 p.m. tip. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

The Colonials enter the NIT as one of four No. 8 seeds, while the Wildcats are a No. 1 seed. RMU, which is making its fifth postseason appearance in the last six years, have only played once in the NIT, dropping an 87-81 decision at Syracuse March 18, 2008. Led by third-year head coach Andrew Toole, Robert Morris enters the 2013 NIT with an overall record of 23-10 (.697).

The Colonials claimed their 10th Northeast Conference regular-season championship in 2013 and first since 2010 thanks to a league record of 14-4 (.778) and are led by junior guard Karvel Anderson (Elkhart, Ind. / Glen Oaks Community College), who averages a team-high 12.7 points per game while shooting 48.1 percent (137-for-285) from the field, including 44.1 percent (78-for-177) from beyond the arc.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our draw for the NIT,” Toole said. “We’re absolutely honored to have to arguably the most historic college basketball program in the Charles L. Sewall Center. The atmosphere is going to be amazing, and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for our guys.”

Redshirt senior guard Velton Jones (Philadelphia, Pa. / Northeast Catholic) and redshirt senior forward Russell Johnson (Chester, Pa. / Chester) each get one more opportunity to play in front of its home fans at the Sewall Center Tuesday against Kentucky.

Jones enters the game as RMU’s career leader in games started (125), consecutive games played (121), free throws (493) and free-throw attempts (686) while ranking second in career games played (133). He ranks second all-time at Robert Morris in career assists with 543 and fifth in scoring with 1,575 points.

Johnson joined the Robert Morris 1,000-point club earlier this season and enters the 2013 NIT with career totals of 1,178 points and 738 rebounds. One of just 12 players in school history to eclipse both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, Johnson ranks third all-time at RMU in career boards and 15th in scoring.

Tickets are available by calling (412) 397-4949 and are $20 for reserved seating, $15 for general admission and $5 for students.

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.