Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Too Tough to Handle Physical Rmu Outnumbers Sluggish Dukes for First Victory Robert Morris 66, Duquesne 59

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Too Tough to Handle Physical Rmu Outnumbers Sluggish Dukes for First Victory Robert Morris 66, Duquesne 59

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To beat a physical Robert Morris team, Duquesne would need to play clean and limit turnovers.

The Dukes would need returning starting guards Mike Lewis II and Tarin Smith to hit shots when it counts.

They would need 6-foot-8, 225-pound center Jordan Robinson, one of their only players giving them a size advantage, to score inside and go after rebounds.

When Robert Morris (1-3) handed the Dukes (2-1) their first loss of the season, 66-59, Sunday night at Palumbo Center, Duquesne accomplished none of that. But that wasn't what disappointed first-year coach Keith Dambrot.

"The most disappointing thing to me was we splintered when things went poorly, which I can't tolerate," Dambrot said. "I can tolerate bad plays. I don't mind losing. I don't like to lose, but if somebody plays better than you I can live with it. But we just didn't play very well."

Robert Morris outrebounded Duquesne, 49-32, and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to Duquesne's 6. The Colonials had 18 second-chance points and scored 18 points off 20 Dukes turnovers.

"Malik [Petteway] and everybody did a good job of getting on the offensive glass, I thought that was key," Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. "And then we also talked about trying to limit Lewis, Smith and [Rene] Castro-Caneddy and make them shoot low percentages. We were able to accomplish that and I think that's the reason we were able to get the win."

The Colonials led by three at the half and a layup and free throw by Matty McConnell later gave them a seven-point lead. Freshman Eric Williams Jr. hit a 3-pointer to make it 41-37 with 15:47 to play. Williams hit another 3 to retake the lead at 42-41 and a layup by Smith gave Duquesne a 48-47 lead with a little more than eight minutes to play before the Dukes hit a drought.

Robert Morris took a 55-50 lead with a layup by Koby Thomas and Duquesne hadn't made a field goal in more than six minutes when a jump shot by Leondre Washington made it 58-52 with 2:37 to play. …

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