Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colonials Stay Stuck in Slump Toledo 80, Robert Morris 77

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colonials Stay Stuck in Slump Toledo 80, Robert Morris 77

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In what could have been a moment to dwell on silver linings, members of the Robert Morris men's basketball team couldn't escape a fundamental truth.

Mired in a losing streak in which many aspects of the game would go wrong, so much seemed to go right for the Colonials in an 80-77 loss Saturday against Toledo at Sewall Center.

They made 63.3 percent of their field-goal attempts and 71.4 percent of their 3-pointers, both season highs. A team that has struggled mightily on the defensive end held the highest-scoring team in Division I to 12 points below its season average.

Still, the conversation always shifted back to one thing -- the final score.

"We gave up 80 and we lost," guard Karvel Anderson said. "Regardless of what they average, our defense gave up 80 points and we lost."

In what could have been a nightmare scenario for Robert Morris -- a slumping defense facing one of the best offenses in Division I -- the Colonials had one of their best performances of the young season.

But, it was one that ultimately added up to a defeat that extended the Robert Morris' losing streak to five games and dropped its record to 3-7.

"We did a lot of good things and we put ourselves in a position to win the game, but unfortunately, it always comes down to a handful of plays that either they make or you make," Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said.

"In this case, they made some of those plays and in some cases, they got some really big assists from us to make those plays."

Anderson and forward Lucky Jones combined to make 19 of their 23 shots and 9 of 11 3-pointers. Not even three full days removed from scoring a career-high 24 points, Jones netted 25 while Anderson, the team's leading scorer, had 23.

Led by their star tandem, the Colonials never trailed by more than six points and were down only three with 25 seconds left.

After guard Anthony Myers-Pate was called for an offensive foul, the Robert Morris press forced a turnover, giving the Colonials a final opportunity with six seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. …

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