CLEVELAND, OH – Following a game earlier in the week where they scored in triple digits, the Robert Morris men’s basketball team had a difficult time finding a way to get the ball through the hoop on the road Saturday night, resulting in a 70-59 loss to Cleveland State.
The Colonials (2-7) shot just 40.4% from the field, 20.7% from three and 53.8% from the foul line against a Vikings (4-4) team that caused havoc on the defensive end the entire night. After trailing early on, first year Cleveland State head coach Dennis Gates went to a full court press that his team has leaned on heavily early on this season.
His choice proved to be the correct one.
That constant pressure resulted in 20 turnovers and 27 points. 25% of Cleveland State’s points on the night came on fast breaks. Junior guards Tre Gomillion and Craig Beaudion led the way in transition for the Vikings scoring 15 and 14 respectively, while big man Algevon Eichelberger led all scorers with 21 points.
Following what was an even first half, the Vikings opened up the final 20 minutes of play with a bang, coming out of the locker room on a 9-0 run. From that point on, the Colonials were playing catch-up, something to which they ironically were never able to do.
“Its really, really frustrating,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said after the loss. “We are trying to figure out how we can do a better job to get our guys to understand the importance of every possession on both sides. Whether if it is valuing the ball offensively or stopping the ball defensively.
Robert Morris was led in scoring by red-shirt senior guard Josh Williams who ended the night with 17 points, including 4 three-pointers. He and Jon Williams, were the only to players to hit a shot behind the arc for Robert Morris. The rest of the team shot a combined 0-11.
AJ Bramah also finished scoring in double figures with 12 points. He also contributed six rebounds, which tied Josh Williams for a team best on the evening.
Up next, Robert Morris will return to the Buckeye state on Wednesday, December 4 to take on Youngstown State. The Penguins are 4-4 this season after suffering an 88-72 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday.