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RMC, Sacred Heart battle for spot

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001

Robert Morris will be happy just to finish seventh.

The Colonials currently are tied with Mount St. Mary's for eighth in the Northeast Conference. The top seven teams qualify for the conference tournament with the top team receiving a bye.

The first place team going into tonight is St. Francis (N.Y.).

Robert Morris is running out of time to get in seventh, so the Colonials need to get going if they are going to have any chance to make it to the postseason competition.

Robert Morris begins a two-day road trip tonight at 7:30 p.m. againt Sacred Heart at the William H. Pitt Center. Robert Morris then travels to play at Wagner on Saturday.

Sacred Heart, which is in 11th place, one ahead of Quinnipiac, lost to Robert Morris earlier this season.

But Robert Morris coach Danny Nee isn't looking past Sacred Heart.

'We need to take it one game at a time,' Nee said. 'Because it has been hard just to get a win, and even harder to put two wins together. We can't worry about Saturday. This is about survival.'

Nee gave his players a day off on Wednesday to recover from a poor performance on Monday in a loss to University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Nee was upset with how his players played against UMBC. He watched the game tape from the UMBC game and counted that his Colonials missed 13 layups.

'I enjoy coaching,' said Nee, in his first season with Robert Morris. 'But, of course, the losing is bothering me. It is discouraging because we haven't been able to sustain two good games in a row.'

It has been hard enough for Robert Morris to get one win, let alone two in the same week.

'The only place we can focus right now is on the next game,' Nee said. 'And try to string a few wins together. Our goal, of course, is still to make it the tournament. But believe me, we will have a better team next year.'

Next up

Game: Robert Morris (4-17, 4-8) at Sacred Heart (3-17, 2-10)

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: William H. Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn. (capacity, 2,100)

Coaches: Danny Nee, Robert Morris (first year, 4-17); Dave Bike, Sacred Heart (23rd year, 380-287)

TV/Radio: WPIT-AM (730)

The skinny: Robert Morris leads the series 2-0 ... Robert Morris coach Danny Nee got his first victory coaching the Colonials against Sacred Heart on Dec. 7 ... Robert Morris forward Bobby Davenport will miss the remainder of the season with an injured right knee .... Robert Morris forward Wesley Fluellen has shot 50 percent or better in 2001 ... Sacred Heart joined the Northeast Conference last season.

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