The headlines in Pittsburgh will read that Robert Morris cruised to an exhibition win Thursday night over St. Vincent. What won't be said is how little it depended on returning star Velton Jones.
Jones sat out the second half of the game after scoring just four points for the Colonials. This shouldn't be a concern because it is an exhibition game, right?
Only maybe there should be a little bit of worry, as in the little bit that you call back when Jones doesn't look himself on opening night, or during the first week of the season. Apparently Jones had to call timeout during the first half while hobbling around with an injury:
Velton Jones a little banged up tonight. Just had to call a timeout with what appears to be a groin injury. #RMU— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) November 1, 2012
Doesn't look like Velton Jones will play second half. Andy Toole not eager to further injure his star point guard in meaningless game. #RMU— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) November 2, 2012
Of course, this is all overreacting. There is still time until opening night, and Toole won't let Jones go all out in practice if it means injuring himself more. It is just Rider.
Then there is this:
.@pioneer_pride Haha, yeah. This is a guy who went flying into the bleachers shins first and didn't miss a game.— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) November 2, 2012
So don't worry Colonials fans, your star will be back to dominate on opening night ... we think.