Saturday, December 11, 2010

Strong Second Half Propels UMSL Men’s Basketball to 79-49 Win Against Robert Morris-Springfield

ST. LOUIS, MO., December 11, 2010 – Juniors Gerald Fulton and Justyn Watkins combined for 42 points as the University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s basketball team won its fifth straight contest, defeating Robert Morris-Springfield, 79-49, Saturday evening in non-conference play.

Fulton poured in a game-high 26 points, netting five three-pointers, while Watkins contributed 16 points, and the Tritons out-scored the Eagles, 45-20, in the second half to move to 6-1 overall on the season. Robert Morris-Springfield slips to 8-4 with the loss.

UMSL clung to a 34-29 halftime lead before the visiting Eagles pulled within 37-35 with 17:46 to play, but the Tritons responded with 11 unanswered points and never looked back.

After a sluggish 38.7 percent first half shooting effort, the Tritons shot 46.2 percent in the final 20 minutes and ended the game at 42.1 percent, while also owning a 39-33 rebounding advantage.

Robert Morris-Springfield shot 36.2 percent and committed 27 turnovers which UMSL took advantage of, scoring 35 points on the other end. The Eagles connected on 45.5 percent in the first half, but were held to 28 percent shooting in the second stanza.

Watkins added four rebounds, four steals and an assist, while senior Ryan Lawrence, junior Jamarcus Williams and freshmen Kevin Dwyer and Tanner Peurach all pulled down a team-best five rebounds.

Junior Justin Hightower dished out five assists and collected a pair of steals.

UMSL returns to action next weekend at the Quincy Holiday Tournament. The Tritons will face Arkansas-Fort Smith on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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