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Robert Morris-Monmouth scouting report

| Saturday, March 1, 2003

Robert Morris (9-17, 6-11 Northeast) at Monmouth (14-11, 12-4)

  • Game info.: 7 p.m., Boylan Gymnasium, West Long Branch, N.J.

  • On the air: WPIT-AM (730), www.yahoo.sports.com

  • Coaches: Robert Morris, Mark Schmidt (second year at Robert Morris, 21-35; second year overall, 21-35); Monmouth, Dave Calloway (sixth season at Monmouth, 73-80; sixth season overall, 73-80)

  • Probable starters: Robert Morris -- Chaz McCrommon, F, 6-5, Jr., 16.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.; Thomas, F, 6-7, Jr., 12.4, 5.8, Davenport, C, 6-8, Jr., 4.0, 4.1; DaMarcus Ellis, G, 6-2, Sr., 10.9, 3.7 apg.; Maurice Carter, G, 6-2, Sr., 19.2, 4.1. Monmouth -- Jason Krayl, F, 6-5, Jr. 11.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg; Blake Hamilton, F, 6-7 So. 11.1, 4.0; Kevin Owens, C, 6-10, Sr., 12.1, 8.8; Tyler Azzarelli, G, 6-1, Fr., 4.6, 3.1 apg.; Dwayne Byfield, G, 6-2, So., 15.2, 3.6.

  • The skinny: Robert Morris was eliminated from the NEC Tournament with a loss Thursday at Fairleigh Dickinson. The top eight teams advance to the tournament, which is next weekend. There were two bright spots in the Fairleigh Dickinson game for Robert Morris. Thomas and Davenport each had double-doubles. They became the first two Colonials to do that in the same game since Jan. 29, 2000. Both have picked up their games at the end of this season. Thomas is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in his past six games, while Davenport is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game in his past five games. This is Robert Morris' final regular-season game.

  • Key matchup: Byfield vs Carter. Both are solid 3-point shooters. Byfield has made 69, 3-point baskets, while Carter has made 78 from behind the arc. If Carter keeps his average above 19 points per game, he will become only the third Colonials player to average above 19 points in a season. Gene Nabors and Myron Walker were the other two. Walker did it twice.

  • Worth noting: This is the second time in three years that Robert Morris has been eliminated from advancing to the NEC Tournament.

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