It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t how you would draw it up (or maybe it was?). It was a win.
“That’s a happy locker room. The guys really responded, stuck with it and kept making plays. We shared the ball. We battled.” Andy Toole said.
Robert Morris went on the road and defeated the Towson Tigers 67-66 to win the Barclays Center Classic, Towson edition. The Colonials, who trailed for almost the whole game, got the baskets they needed down the stretch to come out victorious, their second straight win.
Sophomore Isaiah Still finished with a team high 16 points on 5-9 shooting including 4-6 from three. He was held to three points in the first half due to foul trouble, but went to work in the second frame.
Senior Kavon Stewart went 3-13 from the field but played his best game of the season. His shooting numbers are not fair, as many as his attempts came late in the shot clock in desperation. Stewart hit a few clutch free throws, and went 8-9 from the stripe. He also dished out six assists.
RMU trailed most of the game, but used a 10-2 spurt to with less than two minutes to play to grab the lead. Senior Billy Giles hit the go ahead bucket, and the Colonials never looked back.
For the game, RMU shot 41 percent, and held the Tigers to 43 percent. The Colonials, who started 0-5, have now won two in a row.
WOW! Awesome win.
Quick note: Braden Burke missed the game (he was on the bench in sweats, hopefully more to come). Down a starter, the Colonials were un-phased.
K was awesome. He consistently broke the D down, created opportunities for his teammates, and made his free throws, especially when it mattered. It was his best game of the season. “Kavon was getting downhill and making plays. Billy had a couple strong finishes. Kavon made the right decisions,” Toole said.
Toole was money: Andy coached a hell of a game. He mixed and matched, and then went 2-3 zone late. This will be interesting. The man-to-man got stops, but committed a lot of fouls. Andy went 2-3 late and got the stop needed. Also, every player on the floor had played the 2-3 before at RMU. Stewart, McConnell, Still, Giles all played that last season, and Aaron Tate played it there year prior (out injured last year).
Isaiah Still balled out. He only scored three first half points (1-1 from the floor) and was limited due to foul trouble. He went off second half and led RMU back. Kid can play, and I’m feeling real confident about my first team all NEC prediction.
RMU started 0-5 (very tough schedule) but has now won two in a row and has a favorable scheduled coming up.