The Robert Morris Colonials (13-11, 7-4) dropped their second straight contest on the current home stand to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (13-11, 7-4), 67-42, Thursday night.
The result, was the first time Robert Morris has lost back-to-back games, prior to Christmas, creating a four-way log jam at second place in the Northeast Conference.
Whatever bug that made its way into the Colonials locker room at halftime on Sunday must have still inhabited PPG Paints Arena at tip off. In their worst first half this season, Robert Morris shot an abysmal 19 percent from the floor in the half, hitting the nylon on just six shots in the first 20 minutes.
Head Coach Andy Toole made his point post game, leaving little room for interpretation.
“A pretty embarrassing performance by us,” Coach Toole said. “We were just too stagnant on offense. We settled for way too many three-point jump shots, and that’s not our strength. It was an embarrassing effort.”
The Mountaineers capitalized on Colonial shooting struggles in the half, gashing the contest wide open with a 10 minute, 27-0 run. During the run, Robert Morris missed 13 shots in a row.
In a nearly identical performance from the second half Sunday afternoon, the Colonials missed everything from jump shots to lay-ups. In contrast, the Mountaineers shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range.
At halftime, if fans missed anything they might have done a double take when they read the score: Mount St. Mary’s 40, Robert Morris 15.
The Mountaineers found themselves in little danger in the second half, with even scoring across the board by the road team, they posted four players in double figures.
Led by senior Greg Alexander’s 15 points, Mount St. Mary’s was supplemented by Chris Wray’s 14 points and 13 rebounds.
A well rounded effort by the visiting team capped off by out scoring the Colonials in the paint 34-20 and collecting 23 points off of 19 RMU turnovers.
It was a convincing win, as Mount St. Mary’s went wire to wire. The final score from PPG Paints Arena read Mt. St. Mary’s 67, Robert Morris 42.
Robert Morris finishes their home stand Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson.