Game Notes (Robert Morris):
-Coming off big comeback OT win over St. Francis Brooklyn
-Last time at the Rothman Center, lost a 2OT thriller 97-94 to FDU
-RMU ranks 23rd nationally in forced turnover %.
Game Notes (Farleigh Dickinson):
-First share of NEC Regular Season Title since 2006
-All 5 FDU starters average double figure scoring. Balanced attack.
-FDU ranks 6th nationally in 3 Pt.%.
Yannis Mendy gets the scoring started with a mid-range jumper, 2-0 Robert Morris. A lot of nervous energy here early on, both teams have missed three shots a piece. FDU’s Mike Holloway is fouled and makes one of two from the line.
1st Media Timeout: RMU 2, FDU 1.
Robert Morris subs in some fresh bodies. Two quick fouls called against the Colonials. Darnell Edge connects on a three ball to ignite the crowd. Dante Treacy for RMU answers with a trey of his own. On the next FDU possession, Holloway hits a triple. Jahlil Jenkins connects for FDU a short time later. RMU moves the ball around and finds Koby Thomas for a flush and one. Thomas completes the three point play. FDU’s Brandon Powell hits a big three. RMU answers with a Cameron Wilbon driving shot and he is fouled.
2nd Media Timeout: RMU 12, FDU 12.
Wilbon misses. Jennings is fouled and is heading to the line. He makes both and gives the Knights a two point advantage. Jon Williams for RMU hits an open three. Holloway misses from deep. RMU’s Charles Bain has a driving one handed floater swish through the hoop. RMU’s Jon Williams with a beautiful dish to cutting teammate, Matty McConnell for an easy layup.
3rd Media Timeout: RMU 19, FDU 14.
A flurry of activity to start this segment. Edge gets it going for FDU with a layup. RMU’s Malik Petteway with a layup on the other end. Then, Brandon Powell responds with a layup for the Knights. After a Holloway steal, he finds Jenkins for another layup. RMU turns it over and FDU is fouled. Holloway hits both FT’s. A bit later, FDU’s Kaleb Bishop hits a three and the crowd is loving it. 9-0 run for the Knights. RMU’s Wilbon ends the run with a nice jumper.
4th Media Timeout: FDU 25, RMU 23.
Jenkins is fouled again, makes one of two. Powell is fouled later for FDU, made both. Five point lead is the largest today for the Knights. Jenkins is called for an offensive foul, is heading to the bench with two. Great defense by RMU to force a shot clock violation. Less than a minute until the break. RMU holds for the final shot, and McConnell hits a big three. A three quarters court FDU shot hits the rim, but no good!
Halftime: Farleigh Dickinson 28, Robert Morris 26.
After a stop, McConnell picks up where he left ogg and drains another triple. Darnell Edge answers for FDU with a pretty jumper. Josh Williams was left alone at the top of the key, and he makes the Knights pay with a three. Elyjah Williams of FDU with a bigtime offensive rebound, later drives back to the hoop and throws down a powerful dunk. McConnell quiets the crowd with another trey. McConnell finally misses, FDU rebounds and draws a foul. After an FDU miscue, Koby Thomas connects and is fouled. RMU off to a hot start.
1st Media Timeout: RMU 39, FDU 33.
Thomas makes the free throw. RMU’s Josh Williams (Jon’s brother) hits a three and the RMU contingent on the other side of the court goes crazy. FDU Timeout, trailing by 10. Jenkins comes out and hits a 16-footer to stop the bleeding. But on the other end, Thomas dunks again. Jenkins hits a vital three. McConnell misses, FDU misses twice inside.
2nd Media Timeout: RMU 45, FDU 38.
Elyjah Williams connects on two free throws. RMU’s Charles Bain hits a three. After Holloway gets fouled and makes both FT’s, FDU decides to go into a full court press. Nobody marks McConnell, he gets free for a very easy layup. Edge responds on the other end with a made jumper. Great D by the Knights to force an RMU shot clock violation. Jennings misses a runner, RMU gets out in transition and almost turns it back over. Bishop instead picks up his fourth foul. Foul trouble would be really bad news for FDU, they are only using seven guys. Mendy ends up making both free throws, and RMU is up by eight. Great post move y Holloway and he finishes with a baby left-handed hook. Edge comes down after RMU misses and finishes with a driving hoop. Back and forth we go, but a few misses. Players are going all out!
3rd Media Timeout: RMU 52, FDU 48.