ShareThis Page
Robert Morris

RMU men's basketball rides momentum

| Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 7:11 p.m.

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh is a town whose DNA is encoded with the Steelers' black and gold.

But there is room for other teams in the sports-crazed city.

As long as those teams win.

“The success goes hand-in-hand with the support,” Robert Morris men's basketball coach Andy Toole said Tuesday at the Northeast Conference basketball media day at Barclays Center.

“As you come into a situation, you start to have some success, the support is there and both things continue to grow. One doesn't happen without the other. You don't start winning if you don't have support. And you don't get the support unless you start to get some wins.

The Colonials are coming off a season in which they were 20-15 overall, 12-6 in conference, won the conference's postseason tournament and an NCAA Tournament play-in game before falling to eventual national champion Duke in the Round of 64.

“It's elevated our university,” Toole said. “And it's really been nice to see the response within the city, that people are excited about basketball season. In a town where the Steelers are king, it's nice (that when) walking through town or going to a restaurant with my wife, people say, ‘Coach, good luck this year, can't wait for the season, we'll see you at games.' Those things did not happen previously. So it's nice that people are understanding of that. The next step is figuring out ways to continue the success because we all know how fragile it is.”

Conference coaches believe Robert Morris will remain a force in the NEC this season. The Colonials were picked second in the preseason coaches poll, and the women's team was selected to win the NEC.

“It's a tribute to our administration,” Toole said. “It's not something that can be accomplished without the support of everybody on campus. There's hundreds and hundreds of people that have a hand in our success each year.

“It goes to show if you have that kind of support and you're given good resources, you can go out and compete and be successful.”

For a program attempting to integrate five freshmen and a junior college transfer into a team whose goal is a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, much will be asked of senior guard Rodney Pryor. The 6-foot-5 Pryor, who represented the Colonials at media day with Toole, was named to the NEC preseason all-conference team. He averaged 15.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting last season.

“Consistency,” is Pryor's stated goal for this season. “It's all about being able to bring it every day, through example or vocally.

“I'm just excited.”

So, too, is Pittsburgh.

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.

click me