Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Posts Help-Wanted Sign

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Posts Help-Wanted Sign

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For most of this season, the top of scoring sheet has been fairly predictable for Robert Morris.

Redshirt junior Velton Jones nearly always is there. Leading the Colonials with 16.8 points per game, he has been the team's top scorer in 15 of 25 games. Behind Jones is usually sharpshooter Coron Williams, who leads the team with 56 3-pointers and averages 11.0 points per game.

This past weekend, though, some new names worked their way up the scoreboard.

While the Colonials struggled offensively in their 80-69 loss Thursday against Wagner, freshman guard Brandon Herman came off the bench to score 11 points and pace the team. Sophomore Mike McFadden chipped in another 10.

After the loss against Wagner, the game Saturday at Mount St. Mary's virtually became a must-win for Robert Morris if the Colonials want to remain in the driver's seat for an NEC home playoff game. While Velton Jones and Williams combined for 19 points against the Mountaineers, freshman Lucky Jones stepped up with a career-high 17 and sophomore Anthony Myers poured in 15. The Colonials walked away with a 67-62 victory.

"Right now, we're open to anybody that wants to come and give us a lift," coach Andy Toole said. "We need as many guys as possible contributing. Whether it's scoring, whether it's effort, whether it's rebounds, whether it's winning plays, assists, whatever it is. We need to get as many guys as humanly possible contributing and getting things going in the right direction."

Myers has been floating in and out of the box score this season. He has scored in double-digits six times, but also has posted nine games with five or fewer points.

Against Wagner, he scored one point in 22 minutes. He said Toole talked with him after the game and told him he had one of the "biggest hearts" on the team and implored him to improve his game and bring his teammates along with him.

"Sometimes, I think my aggressiveness is the X-factor in the game," Myers said. "Sometimes, I'm not as aggressive as I should be, and that's more pressure on [Velton] and [Coron]. …

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