Robert Morris ends Ohio’s win streak

Published 2:50 am Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Associated Press


ATHENS — Velton Jones scored 17 points and Robert Morris overcame a season-high 31 turnovers to defeat Ohio 70-67 Monday night, snapping the Bobcats’ nine-game winning streak.

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A 3-pointer by Ohio’s D.J. Cooper from the top of the key rimmed out as time expired, marking the Bobcats’ first loss at home since Jan. 22, 2011.

The Colonials (11-4) led by 11 points in the second half, but Ohio (12-2) battled to tie it at 62 with 3:36 left.

Robert Morris again built an eight-point lead with 1:07 to play, then the Bobcats went on a 5-0 run, capped by Ricardo Johnson’s dunk with 49 seconds remaining to get within three.

Coron Williams added 14 for the Colonials, who outshot Ohio 53.2 percent (25 of 47) to 35.3 percent (24 of 68).

Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely led the Bobcats with 14 points each. Cooper added 13 points and seven assists.