Robert Morris drops Northeast opener
College Football Videos
Bryant pulled its second upset of the season Thursday at Sewall Center.
Fresh off its victory over Lehigh on Dec. 29, Bryant used hot 3-point shooting and survived a late comeback to shock Robert Morris, 84-77, in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.
It marks the first time Bryant (8-4, 1-0 NEC) has beaten Robert Morris (8-6, 0-1 NEC), which has lost back-to-back games. The Colonials hadn't played since losing at Arkansas, 74-69, on Dec. 22.
Robert Morris looked ragged for the first 30 minutes, especially shooting, and it proved costly.
“Give Bryant a lot of credit. They played a tremendous game, and we played a poor one,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. “Their best players made plays, and our best players didn't get the younger players to believe how important the game was.
“Our scoring report read, ‘Contain (Dyami) Starks and (Alex) Francis.' And we allowed their three top players to beat us.”
The trio of Starks (29 points), Frankie Dobbs (26) and Francis (18) entered the game averaging 45 points. Thursday night, they scored 73 of their team's 84 points.
“We didn't come out with the intensity that we needed,” sophomore guard/forward Lucky Jones said. “They're a different team, and they played harder. I don't believe the two-week layoff was a factor.”
Robert Morris had won the previous five meetings in the series, including twice last year by an average of 30 points.
Bryant, which finished 13 of 25 from beyond the 3-point line, made eight in the first half but held a slim 33-32 lead at halftime.
Starks made seven 3-pointers and Dobbs five 3s.
The visitors pushed the lead to 51-41 with 11:51 left, but the Colonials used a 10-0 run to tie the score.
Karvel Anderson, who injured his shooting hand in practice, didn't score in the first half. He took the bandage off his hand with a little more than 14 minutes to go and finished with 13 points. He scored eight consecutive points during the 10-0 run.
“Our defensive intensity picked up during the run,” junior guard Anthony Myers-Pate said. “But we could sustain it. We weren't consistent.”
Velton Jones led Robert Morris with 24 points, Lucky Jones had 13 and Mike McFadden added 11.
“We're consistently making the same mistakes over and over,” Toole said. “It has to change.”
Robert Morris is 16-16 in NEC openers.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Script is it: Classic Pitt helmet design to return
- Steelers notebook: Shazier returns just in time
- Penguins notebook: Carcillo has no hard feelings after failing to make roster
- Fire at Dollar General in Rostraver under control, dispatchers say
- Running against Obama
- Line painting on I-79 set for weekend
- News Alert
- Zappala impersonator arrested; stores offered reimbursement
- NFL notebook: Colts WR Wayne out for Sunday’s game at Steelers
- Hatchet attack was terror, NYPD says
- An Obama clone