Despite an uplifting 74-64 home victory against Northern Kentucky Saturday night, Robert Morris men’s basketball found themselves in a bind once again on the scoreboard.
RMU (3-15, 1-8 Horizon League) hit the road to face Purdue Fort Wayne (10-8, 5-4) Friday night and struggled the entire night from the opening tip in an 86-62 defeat.
The Colonials were down by 25 at one point in the first half and never fought their way out of a deep hole.
RMU found themselves with 16 total points for a long stretch in the first half and became a turnover machine.
The visitors turned it over 12 times in the first 20 minutes compared to 8 for the Mastodons.
Andy Toole’s team shot 33.3% and only connected on 1-6 from three.
Kahliel Spear was up to his usual ways scoring a team-high 10 points with the next closest Jaron Williams and Enoch Cheeks with three.
Purdue Fort Wayne came out firing and never gave the Colonials a chance to get remotely close. The team shot close to 60% in the half and a whopping 9-15 from three-point land.
Jarred Godfrey totaled 10 points as well to pace the home team.
The second half was a similar picture to the first, providing RMU no opportunity to close the gap.
RMU shot 50% in the second half and 3-10 from three. The team overall compiled a 43.1% mark on 51 attempts.
Spear led the team with 16 total points and Michael Green III (14) and Justin Winston (11) found themselves in double figures to finish the night.
Damian Chong Qui recorded a game-high 20 points on 8-15 shooting. Godfrey (15) and Bobby Planutis (10) were also in double digits.
RMU finished with 21 turnovers compared to 17 for Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons shot an impressive 63.6% from the floor and an eye-popping 62.5% from downtown.
Robert Morris is back in action at Cleveland State at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.