Wagner Seahawks soar past Robert Morris, 62-49

Posted on Jan 21 2018 - 11:03am by Jeremiah Rubash
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In the final leg of a three-game road trip, Robert Morris couldn’t create a clean sweep, fall against the Wagner Seahawks.

Robert Morris (12-9, 6-2) dropped their first game in more than a week, losing to Wagner (13-6, 6-2) with a 62-49 final score.

A one point Colonials lead evaporated when the Seahawks made a run midway through the first half to take a five-point lead. The Seahawks shot 54 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three-point range in the half, helping Wagner take a 32-25 lead at halftime.

In a collaborative team effort, the Seahawks played a solid game, with every player having a hand in the win. The Seahawks posted three players in double figures and five players with seven points or more. Leading the way was sophomore guard Blake Francis with a game-high 19 points.

For Robert Morris, reasons for this loss might have started and ended with the way they shot the basketball. The Colonials followed up a great offensive performance on Thursday, with their worst offensive night of the season.

An abysmal shooting night, the Colonials shot 27 percent from the floor and 10 percent from beyond the arc. There was a lid on the basket all night long for the Colonials. Three players scored two points or fewer for Robert Morris, including one half of RMU’s electric backcourt, Matty McConnell.

Despite a season-worst shooting display, Koby Thomas, Dachon Burke and Leondre Washington posted a double-figure game. Thomas put up a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

Robert Morris outrebounded Wagner, 48-39.

Hardly ever is it good to boil the outcome of a game to one statistic but last night was an exception.

It was a perfect storm for the Seahawks, welcoming a Robert Morris squad on the back end of a week-long road trip. For an inexplicable reason, the Colonials couldn’t find the bottom of the net.

With the road trip over, the Colonials enjoy a couple days off before hosting Sacred Heart on Friday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.

Photo of Koby Thomas of the Robert Morris Colonials against the Wagner Seahawks courtesy of Robert Morris Athletics.