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Robert Morris Stomps West Virginia Wesleyan 111-56

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Hold up your 100-point signs and turn out the lights. 

Robert Morris returned to the floor at the UPMC Events Center one week after earning its first win of the season in convincing fashion. RMU welcomed DII West Virginia Wesleyan to Hoop Township Wednesday night. 

The Colonials did not just control the game, they dominated. 

RMU (2-1) pushed WVW (0-3) around for countless parts of the game in a 111-56 victory.

The Colonials scored the game’s first eight points on two Josh Corbin three pointers and a Kahliel Spear dunk. Similar to the Pitt Greensburg Bobcats, the WVW Bobcats were limited on the offensive end but to a greater extent. 

RMU led 22-8 seven minutes into the game and continued the onslaught at the half’s midway point. Andy Toole’s squad extended the advantage to 30-8 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The team moved the ball, took it away from the Bobcats, and did not play down to their opponent.

West Virginia Wesleyan was outmatched the rest of the way. 

Another run pushed the led to 39-10 at the eight-minute mark of the first half. 

How well did the Colonials play? RMU led by 39 points at halftime, ahead 60-21, and held WVU to a 29% clip from the floor. 

RMU forced 12 turnovers and only gave it away four times in the first 20 minutes. The Colonials shut down all but one of WVW’s players as senior guard Darius Green scored 12 first-half points including two triples. 

Three Colonials reached double figures early on as Corbin and Enoch Cheeks created their own three-point contest. Corbin led all players in points (15) after knocking down 5-of-6 threes. Cheeks shot 4-for-5 from deep as the duo only attempted shots behind the line. 

Chris Ford also recorded 10 points and two rebounds. Michael Green III made his season debut after battling the flu. Green made his first two baskets of the night including a three.

RMU posted a 66.7% clip from the floor and were fantastic shooting the three ball. The Colonials made 11-of-17 (64.7%) and never gave West Virginia Wesleyan a chance to stay in the fight, delivering an early knockout punch. 

The Colonials continued to overpower WVW and pushed towards 100 points 10 minutes into the second half.

Despite the lopsided score, starters including Cheeks, Spear, and Stephaun Walker remained in the game late.

RMU emptied the bench with four minutes remaining as 14 Colonials saw the floor. 

Checks led the way totaling 21 points shooting 6-for-8 from the field and added six assists. Corbin performed his best in an RMU uniform scoring 20 points including six made triples.

Matt Mayers scored 11 off the bench and contributed six rebounds. Spear only shot the rock three times, finishing with eight points, while posting a game-high seven boards. 

The Colonials shot better from three (65.4%) than total field goals (62.5%). West Virginia Wesleyan turned the ball over 25 times. RMU totaled 23 assists, outscored WVW 51-35 in the second half, and its largest lead was a whopping 65 points.

The Bobcats shot 37.5% but made 8-of-20 (40%) three pointers. Green scored a game-high 24 points and Kabe Ellis scored 13. 

Robert Morris plays at Dayton this Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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