Friday night’s dramatic double overtime victory for Robert Morris over Oakland that snapped an eight-game losing streak came mere hours after it was announced that star forward AJ Bramah was transferring from RMU.
Bramah was Robert Morris’s leading scorer (21.0), rebounder (10.3), led the team with 17 steals and shot 51.1% from the field and 80% from the free-throw line.
Earlier in conference play, Bramah did not accompany the team on a road trip and also did not start against Milwaukee, even when Robert Morris was without three of its starters.
For his part, Toole did not want to look back and never mentioned Bramah by name when addressing his departure.
“We’re going to focus on the guys that want to be a part of this program and want to continue to fight and work,” Toole said. “It obviously hasn’t been easy there have been a lot of tough losses, tough days to go through. We want to focus on the guys that want to help build it back and compete in the Horizon League and that is where our focus is.”
Williams tried to show more positivity for a teammate whom he shared an NEC title with.
“I think AJ is a great player,” he said. “We’re still friends, we’re still cool, no hard feelings. We got to win together, I think that will be the biggest memory, winning a championship together. We still talk to each other, it just is what it is. Sometimes situations don’t work out but we had fun while he was here and that is all that matters.”