Robert Morris Basketball
Robert Morris Controls Entirety of the Game in Win over Green Bay, 71-56
Robert Morris (13-15, 8-9) defeated Green Bay (3-25, 2-14) on Thursday Night, 71-56. The win moves Robert Morris to seventh in the Horizon League, breaking a tie with Detroit (11-16, 7-9) and Fort Wayne (15-12, 7-9) both of who were off today.
To start things off, the two foes traded baskets until Green Bay took their first lead of the half at 7-6 on a Randy Tucker three-pointer. That lead didn’t even last a minute though, as Robert Morris went on a 11-2 run to take a 17-9, eight-point lead which was the largest of the half.
That run led into the game’s second media timeout and Robert Morris appeared to be in control. Green Bay though went on a 13-5 run to tie things up at 22-22 with a little over three minutes left in the half.
During this run, Robert Morris turned the ball over five times including four in the last two minutes of the scoring run for Green Bay. Robert Morris had seven turnovers in the half as a whole, but five of them came during that approximately five-minute stretch.
Despite now having the momentum, Green Bay didn’t regain the lead until there was less than a minute left in the half. On the ensuing possession though, Enoch Cheeks was fouled on a second-chance attempt and hit both free throws. Robert Morris led 30-29 at halftime.
Robert Morris controlled the tempo for much of the first half, having trailed just twice in an early 7-6 deficit and a later 29-28 deficit. Despite only trailing for a total of 1:18 in the first half they couldn’t quite pull away and never led by more than eight.
This was partly due to shooting 2-for-14 (14.3%) from three-point range in the half which limited them from pulling away firmly, but also wasn’t a big enough crippler to prevent Robert Morris from controlling the game.
Green Bay came out of the second half firing and retook the lead at 34-30. Just like their leads in the first half though, this one didn’t last long as Robert Morris went on an 8-0 run heading into the first media timeout of the second half up 38-34.
It was all Robert Morris from then on with Green Bay only coming within a basket once at 43-40. Robert Morris eventually extended their lead to double-digits at 52-42 as the three-point struggles went away in the second half.
As stated, it was all Robert Morris in the second half. By the time the final media timeout was called, Robert Morris was up 62-45 and in the midst of a 19-5 run. The final score was 71-56 in favor of Robert Morris.
Cheeks was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points despite going 0-for-5 from three-point range. He was perfect from the foul line, going 8-for-8 on the night.
Other standout performances include Jackson Last who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds and Khalil Spear who scored 12 but was even more efficient on the defensive end, snagging nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Robert Morris will host Milwaukee (18-8, 12-4) this Saturday for the second game of a three-game home stand, their last of the season. They close their home schedule on Monday against Youngstown State (20-7, 12-4) with both games starting at 7:00 p.m. on their respective dates.