RMU good second half not enough
The Robert Morris Colonials (10-8, 4-1) dropped a tough, entertaining contest to the Saint Francis Red Flash (10-6, 4-1) Thursday night.
It was the Colonials first conference loss of the season to the Red Flash. The game was marked by the Red Flash’s efficiency from the floor in the first half. Despite out rebounding St. Francis, the Colonials efforts were plagued more by their own first half errors.
St. Francis lived up to it’s offensive reputation Thursday night.
Jamaal King and Andre Wolford had a team high 27 and 22 points respectively. By the end, the Red Flash had four players in double figures, showing why the are the top offensive team in the NEC.
One can argue that St. Francis won the contest in the first half. The Red Flash shot 75 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three point line in the first half, supplemented by going 75 percent from the free throw line. Their performance before half time was culminated by a 13-0 run mid way through the half, which helped them go into the locker room up 52-37.
For as good as the Red Flash start was, the Colonials nearly matched the shot for shot during the first half. Starting off the game shooting very well before suffering the mid-half storm by the Red Flash.
However, the early story for Bobby Mo was a young team experiencing some growing pains for perhaps the first time this season. Three Colonials had two or more fouls in the first twenty minutes, coupled with 16 turnovers and going 11-18 from the free throw line in the game. Despite posting three players in double figures, self-inflicted mistakes spoiled a good start by the Colonials.
Overall, RMU gave a solid second half showing. Cutting down on the fouls that hurt them earlier in the game and out scoring the Red Flash in the half.
Looking forward, RMU will try to bounce back from a tough loss on the road tomorrow afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. tip at Fairleigh Dickinson.