Colonials in command: RMU takes down Sacred Heart, 74-60

Posted on Jan 19 2018 - 10:20am by Jeremiah Rubash
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Robert Morris (12-8, 6-1) cruised to a wire to wire road win against Sacred Heart (7-13, 2-5) Thursday evening.

It was the Colonials second straight road victory.

After struggling for periods during the previous two games, Robert Morris had no such trouble with the home-standing Pioneers. A hotter start not yet seen this season, the Colonials quieted the home crowd with a 14-0 run to start the game.

Providing the jump start was Junior Matty McConnell, who had six of the early 14 points.

The Colonials filled the basket at a ridiculous pace in the first half, shooting 43 percent from the field and an absurd 38 percent from three-point range. Conversely, the Pioneers had difficulty finding the bottom of the net in the opening stanza, shooting only 29 percent from the field.

The fiery start by Robert Morris combined with Sacred Heart going ice cold in the first half allowed the Colonials to take a lead into the half for the first time in two games. At the half, the score had Robert Morris leading Sacred Heart, 42-20.

A total team effort in the first half was followed up by a second half that was not quite as satisfactory through the eyes of Head Coach Andy Toole.

“I thought in the first half we had good urgency and good positioning,” Toole said. “In the second half, we took our foot off the pedal and relaxed. We went through the motions a little bit.”

Toole continued to say that the team had “great energy and detail early.”

“Those are the things we want to see,” Toole said. Even when we went to the bench, those guys had the same energy that we need. We just need to do it for an entire 40 minutes.”

Whatever second-half shortcomings Toole observed, it wasn’t nearly enough for the Pioneers to ever have a real chance in this NEC contest.

Joseph Lopez provided the Pioneers with a team-leading 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Gaurd play carried the night for the Colonials. The combination of Dachon Burke posting a team-high 19 points and four boards and Matty McConnell pitching in with 16 points of his own was more than enough for Robert Morris.

Burke, led the team in points for the third straight game.

The first place Colonials continue their road trip against Wagner. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Photo of Robert Morris guard Dachon Burke against Sacred Heart courtesy of Robert Morris Athletics.