Robert Morris collapses in 2nd half in loss
Robert Morris and St. Francis Brooklyn turned in a classic NEC battle Friday in front of a packed Sewall Center and ESPNU audience.
St. Francis Brooklyn (10-8, 4-1 NEC) used a strong second half and clutch 3-point shooting to escape with a 68-63 victory. It was the Terriers second consecutive win at Robert Morris.
Senior guard Brent Jones scored 23 points, and freshman Glenn Sanabria added 11 as the duo combined to score 29 in the second half to spark St. Francis Brooklyn.
“The tougher team won this game,” RMU coach Andy Toole said. “St. Francis turned up its intensity in the second half and got a little more physical, and we stopped playing defense in the second half.”
Early in second half, Robert Morris forward Aaron Tate was called for two quick fouls. Toole felt it changed the way his team played.
“I'd like to see the film on those two calls,” Toole said. “I'm not sure you can defend any better and still get two fouls called on you.”
Freshman Marcquise Reed led RMU (7-10, 3-2) with 18 points, Rodney Pryor added 15, and senior Lucky Jones added 12 points and nine rebounds to become the school's all-time leading rebounder with 759.
“The record is a good feeling, but I'd rather get the win,” Jones said.
St. Francis heated up in the second half, attacking RMU's 2-3 zone from the inside. Once it established the inside, Jones and Sanabria started making 3-pointers.
The Terriers were 8 for 27 from the floor (29.6 percent) in the first half but were 14 for 21 (66.7) in the second. The Colonials were the opposite, shooting 10 for 17 (58.8) in the first half but only 11 for 36 (30.6) in the second.
Robert Morris opened a 31-21 lead early in the second half, but St. Francis outscored the home team 25-10 over the next seven minutes.
“Offensively, I thought we did a nice job in the first half,” Toole said. “The second half we took some contested shots or took some quick shots.”