Problems continue for Robert Morris men in loss to Oakland
Robert Morris' scouting report identifies an opposing player as a “bounce guy.”
The goal is to force the player to dribble or pass, and not allow him to shot.
That report had Oakland's Max Hooper circled.
Hooper entered Saturday's nonconference game with 49 shot attempts — all 3-pointers. He put up 17 more Saturday, making eight for a team-high 24 points, and Oakland (4-3) left Sewall Center with a 92-74 victory.
“We didn't do a good job on Max Hooper, and we haven't done a really good job all season on the ‘bounce guy,' ” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. “It was a little disappointing that he got off 17, and that's where scouting report, urgency and detail really matter.
“The past couple seasons playing a shooter like that, I'm not sure he'd get six 3s off because that would be a point of pride and contention in our locker room.”
It was a reason why the Colonials fell to 1-8.
Oakland, which led 40-39 at halftime, used a 14-1 run during a stretch in the second half and held Robert Morris without a field goal for more than seven minutes to push the lead to 68-53.
Robert Morris played without two starters — Elijah Minnie (sick) and Aaron Tate (leg) — but played well in spurts, especially in the first half. But it forced some players to play more minutes than usual.
A recurring theme throughout the early part of the season arose in the second half, when the Colonials went through a scoring drought.
The Colonials played well in the first half and led 37-28 with 4 minutes, 7 seconds left on a dunk by senior guard Rodney Pryor.
Oakland, which is picked to finish second in the Horizon League, outscored the Colonials, 12-1 down the stretch in the first half.
“It's not the desired result that we wanted,” Toole said. “I told the guys in the locker room after the game that I didn't think their level of intensity and effort diminished. To me, that's the positive.
“We really stressed coming into the game fighting hard, and fighting for 40 minutes trying to give your best effort. As a group, guys tried to give that effort.”
Poor shooting in the second half proved costly. After making 15 of 34 shots (44.1 percent) in the first half, the Colonials were only 10 of 33 (30.3) in the second half. They were 18 for 32 from the free-throw line.
“Obviously, we didn't shoot the ball well in the second half,” Toole said. “But if we can be accustomed to playing as hard as we played (today) and then be able to execute offensively and be a little more detailed, I think we can put ourselves in a good spot as we move forward.”
Pryor led the Colonials with a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Billy Giles added 16 and a career-high 10 rebounds, and freshman guard Isaiah Still had 12 points.
“We did expect this from Billy,” Toole said. “We felt he could be a double-digit scorer, and he's put in the work in practice. He's getting more confidence.”
Point guard Key Felder scored 21 for Oakland, and Percy Gibson had 16.