Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robert Morris Can't Find Rhythm in 53-49 Loss

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robert Morris Can't Find Rhythm in 53-49 Loss

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What has gone well for Robert Morris in recent games did not go well on Saturday.

The Colonials (8-10 overall, 4-1 NEC) had averaged 82.5 points per game in their first four conference matchups, but they struggled to catch their usual fire against Merrimack (11-8, 5-1), and were stuck in an ugly defensive struggle as a result.

At points in the game, it seemed Robert Morris was poised to break out of its offensive slump and put a run together, but that run never came.

Instead, the Colonials trailed, 51-49 with 30 seconds left, but had an opportunity to tie or take the lead. Robert Morris skipped the ball around the perimeter and found sophomore guard Dante Treacy in the corner, but he missed it short. The Warriors got the rebound, made two free throws and iced the game away.

The Colonials fell 53-49, snapping their four-game winning streak with their worst scoring output of the season while shooting a dismal 2-for-15 from 3-point territory.

"I just don't think we were playing at the pace we should have been, and we knew we should have," Treacy said after the game. "They kind of slowed us down and dictated the pace. Like [coach Andy] Toole said, they just kind of slowed us down and put the brakes on us. So I just don't think we played at the pace we needed to."

Perhaps most emblematic of Robert Morris' struggles was the uncharacteristically quiet performance from fifth-year senior guard Josh Williams. Williams has paced the Colonials all season offensively, averaging 15.2 points per game, but he was held to just nine on 3-of-11 shooting Saturday.

Still, he had a chance to tie the game late 46 seconds left, as he caught the ball and was fouled, giving him a one-and-one opportunity with his team down two. But he bricked the first free throw.

"Not to sound arrogant or anything, but I don't," Williams said when asked if he thought he was being smothered by Merrimack. "I think I took the same shots in this game as I did the last time we played them. They just didn't fall. …

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