Showing flashes of promise: Colonials host St. Francis

Posted on Jan 11 2018 - 2:34pm by Jeremiah Rubash
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The Robert Morris Colonials welcome the St. Francis Red Flash to Pittsburgh Thursday night.

Patrons filing into PPG Paints Arena may be pleasantly surprised by the fact that when tip-off happens at 7 p.m. they will be witnessing a fairly important early Northeast Conference basketball game. The game between the Colonials and the Red Flash is a battle for early NEC supremacy.

Five games into the conference schedule, the one loss red flash walk into “the paint can” to play the upstart, undefeated Colonials. For each team, this will be their toughest tests so far in the heat of NEC play.

St. Francis is putting their three game winning streak at risk, armed with a potent and efficient offense. Posting 83.5 points per game with four players averaging in double figures.

Led by sophomore Keith Braxton’s 18.4 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. As a team, the Red Flash has put up 100 points three separate times, including 72 in an early season loss to Louisville.

The Colonials take the short trip from their Moon Township campus to downtown Pittsburgh ready to test their solid start to the conference campaign.

A somewhat shocking start, for a program that did not return one senior to a team that finished seventh and fifth respectively the last two seasons. With two graduate transfers and a handful of juniors, including Matty McConnell, they have rocketed to an undefeated NEC start.

This young Colonial squad will get an early gut check test at home. Indeed, this game that might prove to be the first pivotal mile marker on the road to March.

However, this game will this game make or break the Colonials, but a tough win against an offensively dangerous St. Francis would boost a young team’s confidence. For a program that has perennially played meaningful March games, a victory would be a big step for a Colonial team on the rise. This promises to be an entertaining game tomorrow evening.

After a decade of sustained success, this undefeated conference start and a big win at home tomorrow night can be the recipe for a mid-March run. This squad of young Colonials look up too the challenge. Let’s see if they can hold home court tomorrow vs. the red flash.

If they can things can get exciting in Moon Township.

From firsthand experience, life on campus is just better when the basketball team is at the top and the Colonial Crazies are humming.

Don’t believe me?

Just ask Kentucky.

Photo of RMU’s Leondre Washington, freshman, courtesy of Robert Morris Athletics.