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November 30, 2013
RMU falls again on the road
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It was a different opponent in a different gym in a different city, but Robert Morris ended up with the same result.
Delaware took advantage of a rash of Robert Morris turnovers to defeat the Colonials 86-67 and stretch RMU's losing streak to three games. It was the fifth straight game and sixth out of eight total games that Robert Morris had given up 80-plus points.
Robert Morris appeared to get a lift prior to the game with Mike McFadden (Achilles) feeling better and Kavon Stewart reinstated from a six-game suspension, but neither was able to help RMU find a solution to its woes of inconsistency. A combination of fouls and turnovers hurt Robert Morris early and often.
Delaware went 28-of-37 from the charity stripe, marking the third straight game that an opponent shot at least 30 attempts from the free throw line against RMU. The turnovers, though, were a new wrinkle. Robert Morris had ranked among the nation's best in protecting the ball entering the game, but RMU couldn't hang onto the ball against Delaware. The Blue Hens forced 17 turnovers, including seven from the freshman Stewart.
The early RMU miscues helped Delaware build an early 11-point lead, and the Blue Hens ended up never trailing in the game. Robert Morris crawled close at several points, including a 25-23 deficit just before halftime. But back-to-back turnovers sparked a 13-2 run by Delaware to close the half and give the Blue Hens a 36-27 edge at the break.
Robert Morris kept it close in the early portion of the second half, as a Lucky Jones lay-up made it 45-41 in favor of Delaware with 15:37 remaining. But Delaware went on a 19-7 run over the next six minutes to break the game open. Robert Morris couldn't close the gap to single digits the rest of the way.
Karvel Anderson led the way with 25 points for Robert Morris, but he didn't have much offensive help. Mike McFadden was the only other RMU player in double figures, chipping in 11 points. Delaware got 24 points from Jarvis Threatt, 22 points from Davon Usher and 13 points from Carl Baptiste as Delaware shot 51.9 percent from the floor.
Robert Morris concludes its four-game road trip with a stop at nearby Youngstown State on Wednesday.
Officials: Joe Lindsay, Ron Tyburski, Robert Adams
ColonialsCorner publisher Andrew Chiappazzi can be reached at email@example.com.
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