Robert Morris 78, Sacred Heart 67: Colonials Regroup Again

Marcquise Reed is more than holding his own against ACC level competition at Clemson, while Rodney Pryor has been one of the Big East’s best players at Georgetown, but if you expected Andy Toole and Robert Morris to feel sorry for themselves in 2016-17 without them, you probably should have known better.

We’ll never know how much a team with Reed and Pryor would dominate the NEC, but we do know that Robert Morris – as they seem to do every season – will not go away quietly, as the Colonials started NEC play with a 78-67 road win over Sacred Heart Thursday afternoon.

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Robert Morris Heading Back to Its Defensive Roots

After a challenging 2015-16 season, Andy Toole is slowly but surely getting Robert Morris back to the brand of basketball the Colonials have been known for: a tough and disruptive defense that works to contest virtually every shot their opponents attempt. Continue reading “Robert Morris Heading Back to Its Defensive Roots”

Robert Morris 73, Sacred Heart 63: No Quit In Toole And Colonials

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Andy Toole didn’t look like a coach whose team was 9-20 Thursday night at the Pitt Center. And he certainly didn’t have the look of someone who was leading his team to their first losing record in more than a decade.

Toole and Robert Morris have a resume second to none in the NEC in the past few seasons. The Colonials have won 20 games in four straight seasons, posted a 65-23 conference record under their current coach, and won a postseason game (two NIT and one NCAA) contest in each of the last three campaigns.

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A New Generation of NEC Point Guards Ready to Emerge

Because point guard play has been a strength for the NEC in previous seasons, it’s expected the position will take a significant step back with the graduations of Julian Norfleet, Sidney Sanders, Jr., and Jason Brickman – the latest NCAA student athlete to crack 1,000 career assists. All three all-conference first teamers will be sorely missed. We’d also be remiss failing to acknowledge the departures of Kenny Ortiz, Corey Maynard and Anthony Myers-Pate, all of whom were also solid to terrific contributors on teams in contention for an NCAA berth.

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Recruiting Recap: Robert Morris, Toole Forced to Reload Roster With Six Newcomers

Can incoming freshman Jeremiah Worthem produce at an All-NEC rookie team level for Robert Morris? (Photo credit - maxpreps.com)
Can incoming freshman Jeremiah Worthem produce at an All-NEC rookie team level for Robert Morris? (Photo credit – maxpreps.com)

After enduring a wild postseason which included a devastating loss in the NEC semifinals, only to be followed by the greatest win in program history, Robert Morris is in an unusual position. Andy Toole and his staff must reload. Three fifths of the starting lineup has moved on, along with more than 45% of their possession minutes from last season. Continue reading “Recruiting Recap: Robert Morris, Toole Forced to Reload Roster With Six Newcomers”