Looking at the Robert Morris men’s basketball record can be very deceiving.
Normally, a record of 5-8 is an indication of a team that’s not so good but that’s not the case with the Colonials.
Their isn’t a college coach in the country that challenges his team in the non-conference like Andy Toole does and that was once again the case this year.
To get this year’s team ready for NEC play, Toole’s team played a non-conference schedule that consisted of teams like USC, Missouri State, Purdue, Drexel, Siena and Louisville.
That part of the schedule is over with and last night Robert Morris opened up conference play with an impressive 69-62 home win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Colonials had a balanced scoring as Matty McConnell and Charles Bain led them with 15 each while Yannis Mendy and Malik Petteway both chipped in with 13.
It was a back and forth game that featured 13 lead changes until eight minutes left in the second half when Robert Morris went on a 13-2 run to open up a 57-46 lead.
Robert Morris once again shot well from the field (55.8%), their third consecutive home game shooting over the 50% mark.
“Really proud of the way our guys competed tonight,” said Toole. “Turnovers are something we have to get under control for sure, but once we are able to steady ourselves a bit we were able to get high percentage shots.”
Next up for Robert Morris is another home game Saturday night with a 5 PM tip against Mount St. Mary’s.