HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Robert Morris University men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 25 points and never led Sunday as the visiting Colonials were beaten 85-71 at Marshall.
RMU (1-2) did a poor job of putting the ball in the basket in the first half, shooting just 13 of 34 from the field with a 3 of 8 mark from 3-point range. Marshall (5-1), meanwhile, shot the ball well (17 of 33 and 7 of 16 on 3-pointers) in the game’s first 20 minutes as the Thundering Herd built a 45-32 lead at the break inside the Cam Henderson Center.
The Colonials fared slightly better in the second half Sunday, hitting on 15 of 25 field goal attempt — six of those 3-pointers — but turnovers hurt RMU down the stretch as Marshall held off any plans of a Robert Morris comeback. RMU turned the ball over 23 times in Huntington, with the Herd turning those chances into 29 points
Marshall’s Jannson Williams led all scorers with 24 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks, while senior guard Jarrod West — MU’s all-time leader in steals and the son of former West Virginia University player Jarrod West — finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Taevion Kinsey (17) and freshman Obinna Anochili-Killen — a native of Nigeria who played his high school ball in southern West Virginia — scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in Sunday’s win for the Thundering Herd.
Four players scored in double-figures Sunday for Robert Morris, led by an 18-point performance by A.J. Bramah. Jon Williams scored 15 to go with 13 points from Kahliel Spear and 12 from Dante Treacy. Starting forward Charles Bain appeared to injure his leg just four minutes into Sunday’s game and did not return to action, though he did come back to the RMU bench wearing a medical boot.
Robert Morris does not have another game scheduled until Dec. 26, when the Colonials open Horizon League play at Purdue Fort Wayne.