Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toole Hopes Team Learns Lessons Fast Blowout Loss vs. Mount St. Mary's an Embarrassment

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toole Hopes Team Learns Lessons Fast Blowout Loss vs. Mount St. Mary's an Embarrassment

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If you're not willing to put in the work and stay humble, the game of basketball will humble you very quickly.

That was one of several sentiments Robert Morris men's basketball coach Andy Toole shared Thursday night, nearly two hours after his team endured a humiliating, 67-42 shellacking at the hands of Mount St. Mary's at PPG Paints Arena.

Toole addressed his team for an hour and 40 minutes after the game before talking with the media. Did he face a frustrated locker room after Robert Morris suffered its worst loss of the season?

"[There was] more embarrassment, for sure," Toole said. "Because again, when you have a big ego and you get your head chopped off, it's embarrassing."

With six freshmen in the rotation and just three returning players from a season ago, none of whom are seniors, leadership was bound to be a deficiency for this year's Colonials (13-11, 7-4 Northeast Conference).

Robert Morris beat expectations with a 6-1 start in league play, but its lack of experience has become more apparent as of late. And with its lone returning upperclassman, junior guard Matty McConnell, missing the game Thursday with a concussion, the wheels appeared to fall off.

Robert Morris gave up a 27-0 Mount St. Mary's run in a crushing, 10-minute, 46-second stretch in the first half, and trailed, 36-6, with 4:30 to go before halftime.

In the run, the Colonials missed 13 consecutive shots, turned the ball over six times, and didn't pass the ball altogether on several possessions. Robert Morris finished the half with six made shots on 31 attempts, 4 assists, 10 turnovers, and a 40-15 deficit.

McConnell's on-court leadership certainly was missed, but Toole said Robert Morris' issues resulted more from a sustained lack of effort. He said the Colonials lost their hunger after a 4-0 start to league play and were "fortunate" to beat St. …

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