PREVIEW: Colonials look to bounce back against Wright State

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Men’s basketball heads to Wright State this weekend. Photo Credit: Tyler Gallo

By Ethan Morrison, Contributor

DAYTON, OHIO– After dropping their last four contests, Robert Morris (3-7, 2-5 Horizon) looks to get back on track against Wright State (11-4, 9-3) at the Nutter Center on January 29-30 at 9:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

Recapping the Colonials

It has been tough sledding for RMU as of late as they have lost their past two series.

Last Friday when they faced off against Northern Kentucky (7-8, 5-5), the team took a razor-thin lead into the locker room after the first half and ended up on the losing end after struggling on both sides of the ball.

In the series finale against the Norse, the Colonials jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the first half of play and it seemed as if their defensive struggles went away entirely. But then, there was another lapse in the first half which allowed the Norse to get back into the game and force the game into overtime; eventually defeating the Colonials once again.

Scouting the Raiders

Wright State has been unstoppable as of late, winning their past three games by 25 points or more. Before their three straight victories, the Raiders dropped two Friday night contests via buzzer-beaters, one against Youngstown State and the other against Cleveland State. The team was able to bounce back the following nights, winning by a margin of 30 points or more.

In their last series against IUPUI (3-6, 2-6), the Raiders pummeled the Jaguars 95-65 on Friday and 100-72 on Saturday.

Players to Watch:

AJ Bramah (RMU) – The Senior from San Leandro, California has led the way for this Colonials offense this season as he is averaging a Horizon League-leading 21.5 points-per-game and 10.9 rebounds-per-game. He has been the lifeline for this team as he put up a career-high 27 points in last Friday’s loss against Northern Kentucky. Bramah will need to have another outstanding performance if RMU wants to have any shot against Wright State this weekend.

Dante Treacy (RMU) – The junior has taken a step back in his production this season, just averaging seven points-per-game while he is averaging five assists-per-game. He is also just shooting 33-percent from the field. Treacy has not been in double figures since December where he scored 10 points in the Colonials’ conference opener against Purdue Fort Wayne (6-7, 5-7). Treacy needs to step up and let his shot fly heading into the back half of the conference schedule to back up Bramah’s production and propel the team into the Horizon League Tournament.

Loudon Love (WSU) – The perennial big man in the Horizon League, Loudon Love has cemented himself as one of the best players in the conference over his career with Wright State. Love is averaging a double-double, logging 14.6 points, and 10.3 boards-per-game, just below Bramah’s rebounding mark. The Colonial big men will have to be active on both sides of the ball if they want to stop Love and the experienced frontcourt of Wright State.

Tanner Holden (WSU) – Holden is leading the Raiders in points this season averaging 16.9 points and seven rebounds-per-game for Wright State. He is also shooting 57-percent from the field and 29-percent from beyond the arc. Robert Morris will have to be cognizant of Holden on the floor this weekend.

Prediction

With the Colonials headed into a tough stretch, I believe head coach Andy Toole will have the team ready to battle against one of the top teams in the conference this weekend. RMU is trying to make a move up in the standings and with the regular season coming to a close in the next couple of weeks it will be important for them to gain a game on the road this weekend at the Nutter Center.

With that being said, Wright State will take game one Friday night by a score of 80-72. but on Saturday, the Colonials will sneak away with one beating the Raiders 70-65.