The winless Robert Morris Colonials men’s basketball team attempted to break out of a four-game losing streak on the road against Dayton.
RMU (0-5) dropped its home opener 74-70 in overtime to former NEC rival Mount St. Mary’s, hitting the road once again facing a strong shooting team in the Wildcats (4-2).
Davidson started out with early leads but nothing sizable in the first five minutes. An 8-5 advantage with a timeout on the floor continued to lean Davidson’s way.
Guard Kam Farris, one of the main developmental pieces for Andy Toole as a sophomore, made his season debut for the Colonials. La Salle transfer big man Brandon Stone also debuted and hit an early three.
Wildcats guard Hyunjung Lee scored 10 points in the first seven minutes.
The return of Farris and Stone greatly impacted the Colonials previous struggles behind the arc.
RMU closed the gap as Davidson held a 19-18 lead with under 12 remaining in the first half.
The Wildcats created a slight cushion on multiple occasions, but Robert Morris would not go away with just over six minutes left in the half. RMU grabbed a 29-27 led with four minutes remaining, but Davidson controlled a 35-31 halftime score after 20 minutes.
A main difference in the game is three-point shooting. Davidson started 0/6 and finished the half 2/10 compared to 4/10 for RMU. Lee led all scorers with 13 points and Kahliel Spear compiled team highs in points (9) and rebounds (6).
Davidson started the second half on a 17-6 run leading 52-37 with just over 15 minutes to play.
Wildcats guard Michael Jones stepped up in the second half alongside Lee. The home team became a different team in the second half, leading by 17 just over 11 minutes remaining.
Spear remained the only noticeable difference maker for the Colonials, but Farris also chipped in during his return to the floor.
The margin moved above 20 and RMU could never recover. It moved to 24 pints with under four minutes to go, as Davidson finished off Robert Morris 88-70.
Lee scored a game-high 23 points for Davidson and Jones finished with 15.
Spear was RMU’s best stat-sheet stuffer, totaling 15 points and nine rebounds. Jaron Williams also put up 13 points.
Robert Morris begins Horizon League play Thursday night at Green Bay starting at 8 p.m.