Possibly Andy Toole’s nearly unquenchable need for perfection is rooted in his Ivy League training.
Or possibly it’s simply so simple as wanting to organize his Robert Morris crew for harder challenges than the one offered by Sacred Coronary heart on Monday.
In any case, Toole was blissful to get the 67-55 victory — the Colonials’ fifth previously six video games — however he is aware of his crew should play with larger urgency and focus than it confirmed earlier than a crowd of 1,572 at UPMC Occasions Middle.
“I assumed at occasions we had actually nice power,” he stated, noting Robert Morris constructed a 17-point lead within the first half by holding Sacred Coronary heart scoreless in a stretch of seven minutes, 22 seconds.
“Our power ebbed and flowed, sadly, a bit bit an excessive amount of,” he continued. “That allowed Sacred Coronary heart to maintain making runs at us.”
Luckily, A.J. Bramah got here off the bench to tie a college file with 20 rebounds and lead Robert Morris with 18 factors in lower than 30 minutes. He made all 9 of his shot makes an attempt and contributed two blocks and two assists. Sayveon McEwen additionally wasn’t within the beginning lineup, however he scored 12 factors in 11:12.
“We put A.J. within the sport (within the second half), and he scores 5 straight factors and will get the following two defensive rebounds,” Toole stated. “Abruptly, you would breathe for a second.
“He was in all places tonight. Some actually nice blocks, some actually good wall-ups.”
“I had a bit luck,” Bramah stated.
Toole stated he by no means has seen an analogous statistical effort by considered one of his gamers.
“Not even shut,” he stated. “Fairly unbelievable effort by him. Simply that power, that manufacturing, that play-making that we’ve come to depend on. It’s about as excessive a stage effort as you’ll be able to think about.”
Bramah, 6-foot-7, 185 kilos, stated he was keen to check himself in opposition to Sacred Coronary heart’s 6-6, 245-pound ahead E.J. Anosike, who got here into the sport averaging 11.Three rebounds per sport.
“I knew I needed to come out immediately and personal the glass,” Bramah stated. “I attempted to battle with him.”
Truly, Anosike additionally had a double-double — his fifth in a row — by scoring a game-high 20 factors and grabbing 17 rebounds.
The victory moved the Colonials (9-10, 5-1 within the Northeast Convention) inside a half-game of first place within the NEC. They improved their file to 7-2 since a nonconference loss to Youngstown State on Dec. 4.
However Toole anticipated extra from his crew, particularly with Sacred Coronary heart (10-9, 3-3) taking part in with out its second-leading scorer and help chief. Koreem Ozier, who’s a averaging 14.7 factors, has been suspended by the NEC for his function in a scuffle Saturday at St. Francis (Pa.). Cameron Parker, the injured level guard, will get almost eight assists per sport.
“It’s laborious if anyone loses their high guys,” Toole stated. “It makes it an actual problem. With these two guys being out, we might have been a bit extra disruptive for longer stretches.”
“If they’ve their second-leading scorer and it’s 48-42 (as shut as Sacred Coronary heart obtained to the lead within the second half), you’re in all probability not feeling actual snug, particularly should you had 17-point lead.”
Toole was most upset at his crew’s 17 turnovers and 5-for-21 capturing from past the 3-point arc.
“Worst efficiency in convention play from an engagement standpoint, from an power standpoint. Seventeen turnovers and so a lot of them careless.
“There simply didn’t look like there was plenty of urgency.”
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Evaluate workers author. You possibly can contact Jerry by electronic mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter .